Jailed teenage mother released

A jailed teenage mother was released this morning from the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), vowing to change her ways.

In an exclusive interview with the Times shortly after being released, the youngster disclosed that she was not ill treated while incarcerated.

But she confirmed  reports that a female murder suspect in the prison kept ‘provoking’ her.

The youngster, who was pregnant when she went to jail and gave birth recently at hospital, told the Times that hers was not a good experience.

“It was not good for the baby – I made mistakes; everybody makes mistakes but I learn from my mistakes because I don’t want to go back there because now I have a child to answer to,” the teenage mother told the Times.

Human Rights Advocate,Mary Francis, had called for the release from jail of a teenage mother and her newborn baby, asserting that it should have been a priority for newly appointed Attorney General, Stephen Julien.

“That child should be released now because she has a baby,” Francis, who is the Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights had  told the Times.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia  Inc had  also called for the teenager’s release, asking the authorities to explain why a pregnant juvenile had been incarcerated at the BCF from May 6, 2016.

The 17 year old entered the prison when she was 4 months pregnant for intentionally causing harm.

She gave birth at Victoria Hospital.

Both mother and the newborn baby girl were transferred to a special unit of the prison,  authorities had disclosed.

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis had said that the fact that the teenager was pregnant should have been taken into consideration.

He said he saw no problem with her sentence being suspended.

The former Deputy Police Commissioner said the officers at the BCF need to be a bit more vigilant when such things occur and allow the relevant Ministers to know so that the necessary action can be taken



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