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VIPD: Mother Beats Daughter With A Belt, ‘Flat Side Of A Machete’ At High School

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A woman allegedly beat a minor living in her household at a St. Thomas high school Thursday and was arrested by police the next day, authorities said.

Sherrolyn Warner, 45, of Frydenhoj was arrested about 1:35 p.m. on Friday and charged with third-degree assault-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The VIPD’s Domestic Violence Unit visited the campus of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School at 3 p.m. on Thursday “about a female minor who stated that she was assaulted by an adult female acquaintance,” according to the VIPD.

“Investigations revealed that the female minor had noticeable bruises about her arms and legs,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “Further investigation revealed that these injuries were sustained from being beaten with a belt and the flat side of a machete.”

The minor female was taken into protective custody by a social worker from the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services, according to Dratte.

Warner was booked, processed, and remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing, he said.

No bail was set as per the domestic violence law in the territory.

Warner is a former St. John resident who called for a VIPD officer to be fired in April 2007 after he allegedly beat her in Cruz Bay a month before.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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