Haitian babysitter jailed in the Turks and Caicos | Daily Caribbean News

Haitian babysitter jailed in the Turks and Caicos  | Daily Caribbean News


Haitian national, Ocianie Tibeau,
Haitian national, Ocianie Tibeau,

A 29-year-old Kew Town babysitter has been sentenced to serve one-year imprisonment.

Ocianie Tibeau, a Haitian national, was sentenced on Monday, having pleaded guilty to – one count of Unlawful Entry and two counts of Child in need of care and protection. Tibeau was sentenced to serve four months on each count.

The court heard that earlier this month, Tibeau was employed as a babysitter for a four-year-old female child.

The victim’s mother, according to the evidence, observed that her daughter would seldom cry and cling to her when left in the care of Tibeau. The mother also observed her daughter appeared to be sickly and losing weight.

CCTV footage installed within the home was reviewed by the mother who witnessed Tibeau abusing the child by striking and shaking her based on the footage.

The mother immediately contacted the police and officers attached to the Safeguarding & Public Protection Unit (SPPU) commenced an investigation. Tibeau was subsequently arrested and charged.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (Safeguarding & Public Protection Unit) Grantley Williams in a brief statement following the conviction said: “It is unacceptable that someone was entrusted to provide care to an infant resorted to using physical violence against a defenseless child. Physical violence against anyone is reprehensible, especially when the victim is a child.  I would like to commend the mother for immediately contacting the police and reporting the crime perpetrated against the child. 

“In the same breath, I am advising parents and other caregivers of children and other vulnerable persons, to be very careful when employing unknown individuals to care for their loved ones. It may be appealing to hire an inexpensive/cheap helper who is undocumented and where the necessary background checks are not conducted. This, can end up being very costly, as you can expose your child or other loved one to harm, by employing undocumented persons. Additionally, you are also breaking employment and immigration laws.”

  • PublishedMarch 18, 2023

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