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Cruel Mother Jailed For Three Months - Pushed Boy's Hand In Fire

Princess Beckles was sentenced to three months' imprisonment without the option of a fine, by Mr. Magistrate Donald Edward Jackson, at the Vigilance Police Court yesterday, Thursday January 13.
She was arrainged on a charge brought against her by Sgt. 2126 Mentore for having assaulted her 2-year-old son, Hector Sancho, so as to cause him actual bodily harm.

Pushed Hand In Fire
County Inspector T. W. Whittingham, who prosecuted for the Police stating that Sancho, in the absence of his mother from the kitchen of their home, was alleged to have stolen a piece of stewed pork. Beckles caught him in the act and she held his right hand and pushed it in the fireside which was then lighted, resulting in the boy's hand being severely burnt. Despite the boy's sufferings, the mother made no effort whatever to allow the boy medical attendance.

Hand Not Yet Healed.
On December 6, 1937, two months after, the brutal act, and during which period of time the boy's hand became worse she took him to Dr. James  Edwin Rampersaud Ramdeholl, who recommended that the boy be taken immediately to the Public Hospital, Georgetown.
Sancho remained in the institution until January 11. In the meanwhile he had to undergo an operation. The boy's hand was not yet healed. The index finger being unable to be straightened.
Beckles was defended by Mr. J. L. Bobb, Solicitor.
Source: Cruel Mother Jailed For Three Months -Pushed Boy's Hand In Fire - the Daily Chronicle - Friday, January 14, 1938:page one...


Sancho said…
I cannot imagine any mother could be so extremely brutal to her own child much less her two-year-son. Further more, how could a mother of Sancho be so callous and vicious to a child she birthed? Initially I paid little attention to the article other than reading the headlines. However, as I scrolled the microfilm, I noticed the name Sancho. Thus, I read the article. I was most appalled. I wept. Magistrate Jackson was far too lenient with Princess Beckles. He should have removed all of her children from her parental control.
Most important, I am experiencing great difficulties identifying this Hector Sancho. I do not think he is the son of Benjamin Sancho. I guess the best method would be to identify the members of the kinship of Beckles of Buxton and Friendship Village District. Hector Sancho is probably still alive. He would be 76 years old. I need to be enlightened; respecting his vital statistics, immediate relatives and how he and I are related..

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