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32-Year-Old Woman Leaves Her Preschool-Aged Son Home Alone And Screaming

Shermer Joseph

           ARRESTED: Shermer Joseph

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 32-year-old woman was arrested on child neglect charges after neighbors said she was screaming at her preschool-aged son in the wee hours of the morning and left him locked alone in the house on Monday.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to a residence on Prindsens Gade ) Goat Street at 6 a.m. to investigate a report of child neglect in Hospital Ground.

According to the report, police arrived on the scene and met with a woman who said she heard her neighbor screaming and shouting profanities at her minor child sometime about 4 a.m. The woman eventually left her house at 5:15a.m., leaving the child locked in the home alone.

The three-year-old boy was heard crying uncontrollably as police attempted to enter the property, only to find the entry gate locked. The landlord of the property was summoned to provide entry into the residence.

Police stationed themselves at the residence awaiting the arrival of the child’s mother, who returned to the home about 7:26 a.m.

The mother, Shermer Joseph of Prindsens Gade was arrested and charged with Child Neglect.

Bail for Joseph was set at $1,000.00. Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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