Kingston women busted for ‘baby rental and begging scheme’ in St Ann
Two Kingston women who were charged with breaching the Child Care and Protection Act after they rented two small children to help them beg money from passers-by, are to return to the St Ann Parish Court on October 3.
The women, 34-year-old Shakarta White, unemployed of Fourth Street, Kingston 12, and 41-year-old Lavern Thomas, also of Fourth Street, have been charged with (unlawful) begging and cruelty to a child.
The women were remanded in police custody when they appeared in court on Tuesday.
The St Ann police reported that law enforcers saw the two women with two children - a one-year-old girl and an eight-month-old baby boy - begging money from persons in St Ann's Bay on Friday, September 20.
The women were eventually arrested and following a probe, it was discovered that the children were not related to the women.
Further investigations revealed that the women had allegedly rented the children from their biological mothers to help them beg on the streets.
According to the police, the mothers of the children have been located and served with summons to also appear in court on October 3.
The children are presently in the care of the state.
Children's Advocate, Diahann Gordon-Harrison, has commended the St Ann police for their quick action in apprehending the women who were reportedly begging with the little ones.