A mother of four is up in arms about a decision by a local magistrate to grant custody of the children to their father.
Heather Warrington of Bath road said she is against the decision and will fight against what she believes was a bad decision.
Warrington said she have been told by the Welfare Division that she should respect the court’s decision and that there isn’t anything she could do about it.
But she said she must continue to ensure that her children are safe and should not be placed in the hands of a man who has allegedly abused her and the kids.
“My children use to stay Calibishie with their dad but he locked them outside and took their cloths and sent it outside in a rubbish bin. He also used to hit me and because of that I took my children. I am not pleased because I took him to court for child maintenance and physical abuse,” she said.
She said the government of Dominica has provided a comfortable home for her and her children.
“I am quite capable of taking care of my children. Government has me a house. We are not hungry. My children are okay. I have two rooms. They have an upstairs and downstairs bed. I feed my children, I send them to school, and I enrolled them in a computer class. I also receive financial assistance from welfare for the children,” she added.
Warrington said the move will also set the children back.
“They have been enrolled in schools in Roseau and government has already given me assistance for their school clothes, shoes and books. Their father lives in Calibishie and that means they will now have to go to schools there,” she added.
She said on Wednesday she was ordered to give up her children by the authorities and she did just that, “but I will fight for custody”, she said.
“I cannot believe I took a man to court to support his children and he in turn went to the court and told lies about me and the court granted him custody. What madness is this?, she questioned.
She said she promised her children that she will be back to “rescue them from under the wings of their abusive father”.
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