Three Central Rupununi children rescued from `abusive’ parent

Three children were yesterday rescued from their home in Central Rupununi by officers of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) amid reports of them being sexually abused by their father.

According to a statement by the Department of Information (DPI) the children were recused from their home near St. Ignatius Village, Region Nine after officers acted on reports made by village leaders including school teachers who claimed the children may have been sexually abused by their father.

The children, two girls ages 12 and eight and one boy age eight were taken from the home where they resided with their 49-year-old father. According to those who have reported the case, the father had allegedly sexually abused two of his older girl children now aged 20 and 14, both of whom have since relocated.

Meanwhile, CPA officers have taken the other three children to the Lethem Police station to assist with investigations. Thus far, the children told the police that they have been abused physically, however, they did not testify to being sexually abused.

The statement further noted that the father continues to be questioned by police as investigations into the claims continue.

In light of such, the CPA once again urges citizens countrywide to report any suspected case of child abuse whether physical, emotional or sexual. All information will be treated with strict confidence.

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