Five years more without her twin daughters!
That was the decision of the court in the case involving the St Thomas woman who was seen on video viciously beating her then 12-year-old daughter with a machete.
Having been sentenced last month to three years' probation for the beating incident, 44-year-old Doreen Dyer went to court on Thursday in a bid to win back custody of the twins. However, having already been separated from them for the past six months, Dyer's hopes were dashed when Senior Parish Judge, Fiona Fair-Gregory, ruled that the 13-year-old twins should remain in the custody of their aunt until 2023, when they turn age 18 years.
However, she has allowed Dyer visitation rights on weekends, but in the presence of the children's legal guardian.
In addition to the three-year probationary sentence, Dyer was last month ordered to undergo parental counselling and attend anger management classes. The mother of five was hoping that those arrangements would have been enough for her to win back custody of her twin girls, but it was not to be.
The probation period also means that if she commits any offence within the three-year period, she could be imprisoned.