UPDATE: Machete-wielding mother charged with cruelty to a child

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Doreen Dyer, the woman who appears to be beating her daughter with a machete in a viral video, has been charged with cruelty to a child.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Dyer, 44, a resident of Bath in St Thomas, has been granted bail with surety and is scheduled to appear before the St Thomas Parish Court on Monday, October 9.

The video of the mother beating her daughter – which was shot last November but only surfaced on social media over the weekend – has triggered widespread condemnation across Jamaica, including from the Child Development Agency which has reiterated its call for a full ban on corporal punishment.

However, another daughter of Dyer’s, has defended her mother, and said the woman’s action was ‘tough love’ in response to her sister misbehaving.

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