A woman seen in a widely circulated video beating a suspected minor with what appeared to be a machete is now in police custody.
The woman was taken into custody in St Thomas, the Jamaica Constabulary Force tweeted on Sunday.
In the half-a-minute long video, the half-naked woman could be seen grabbing the girl’s clothes while putting on several lashes onto the child with the middle section of the machete.
“Look how much time me talk to you and you nah hear,” the woman said: “Mi tired a unu, mi tired a [expletive removed] unu.”
Even a dog, who appeared to try to get between the woman and the child, was hit.
The beating only stopped when the child fell to the ground, causing the woman to lose hold, and ran away.
It’s not clear what charges will be laid against the woman.
The JCF said it would provide more details later.