A 39-year-old woman has been ordered to have absolutely no communication with her seven-year-old daughter after appearing before a Scarborough magistrate on Tuesday charged with child abandonment.

The order came as part of the woman’s bail conditions which were set at $50,000 by Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor.

The woman will reappear before the court on May 3.

A release from the police said the woman was arrested on March 3 by officers of the Tobago Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) after a site visit at her home by community social workers resulted in the discovery of the abandonment of the girl.

The statement said at 2 pm on March 31, the seven-year-old child reportedly told social workers that her mother left her alone at home that morning stating that she was heading to the bank.

However, at the time of the site visit, the girl’s mother did not return.

A report was subsequently made to police and PC Mitchell of the Tobago Division CPU later arrested and charged the woman with cruelty to a child.

The investigation was supported by Supt Claire Guy-Alleyne, ASP Roberts and Sgt Miller.