Residents of the Stadium Gardens and neighbouring Swallowfield communities gather along the perimeter fence of the gully bank behind the National Indoor Sports Centre where the body of what appeared to be a newborn child was found yesterday afternoon. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)
RESIDENTS of Stadium Gardens Swallowfield in Kingston yesterday expressed anger after the body of what appeared to be a newborn baby was found in the gully adjacent to the National Indoor Sports Centre.
The body, which was discovered at approximately 3:00 pm by a group of boys who were walking along the gully bank to get to the National Stadium’s pool, was partially decomposed and surrounded by flies and vultures that picked at it. Speculations are that the mother of the child, who was not identified, delivered the baby in the gully and left it there as close by where the body lay there were bloodstains, which residents believe to be marks from the placenta or afterbirth — foetal membranes discharged from the womb after the birth of a baby. From observation, residents say the baby appears to be a girl. On hearing of the discovery, residents from both communities gathered to take a closer look from the gully banks, but the ghastly sight proved overwhelming for some, mostly women. “It is a wicked act. If you can’t afford it, then give it away to someone who can take care of it. Look how close Children’s Hospital deh? Carry the baby go leave a public. Look if dog in a any one a we yard and leave it in there but don’t kill the child. It is heart-rending to witness something like this. You always hear of it happening elsewhere but when it gets top your doorstep you know it is real,” Marlene Maxwell, a resident of Swallowfield for 56 years said.Another resident, who refused to give her name, said: “Me belly bottom hurt me as everyday I’ve always wanted a girl baby to look after as I have only boys. Better she did carry the baby come give me.” A man, who goes by the name Constantine said to how hurt he felt if he got hold of the woman he would throw her into the gully as she too deserves to die. “She don’t deserve to live. Whoever did it does not deserve to live and if I caught her now she would a get throw over the fence,” he said, in reference to the perimeter fencing at the gully. He added: “My last youth a 22 years old and trust me to see something like this hurt me. The nation can’t get so heartless; there are so many other routes.” Superintendent William Kesler, based at the Stadium Police Station, said it was an unfortunate situation. He said if the mother of the child is found she will be charged, depending on what the autopsy revealed. “Depending on the stage of the baby then the charges would be administered if she is found. We have made significant strides in DNA testing locally and that can be used to find out whose child it is,” he said. Kesler added:”The scene was processed and the body was removed by Tranquillity [Funeral Home]. We were not able to ascertain the sex of the child as the genital area was eaten by scavengers, but it appears to have been a newborn. The head also appears as if it was bashed. However, the Half Way Tree Criminal Investigation Branch is now conducting investigations into the matter.”
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