The father of the 1-year-old baby girl who was killed in Rose Hall on Saturday night has been charged with damaging the home in which the allegedly killer reportedly lives.
Lenroy Robertson, of Rose Hall, appeared before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, on Monday, charged that on Feb. 10, about 8:30 p.m., at Rose Hall, without lawful excuse, he damaged three 4’x4’ glass windows, valued at EC$550 each, one 32”x80” aluminium and glass door, valued at EC$1,500, total value, EC$3,150 by chopping them with a cutlass with intent to damage same, the property of Anesta Alexander of Rose Hall.
Robertson, who was repressed by counsel Ronald Marks at his arraignment, pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted EC$1,500 bail with one surety.
The matter was adjourned and transferred to the Chateaubelair Magistrate’s Court for Feb. 21.
Police said on Sunday that they have a 22-year-old male suspect, of Rose Hall, in custody assisting with their investigation into the infanticide that occurred about 7 p.m., in Rose Hall.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect stole a 1-year-old infant from her home and slashed her throat. The infant’s body was later discovered about 51 yards away from her home and pronounced deceased by a medical practitioner. The suspect is a close relative of the deceased,” police said.
Initial reports were that the suspect reportedly said that the baby and the her father were demon-possessed and must be killed to cleanse the village.
The suspect is said to have climbed through a window when the child’s mother was in the shower and slit her throat.
Police said the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene and collected items of evidential value, including the alleged instrument that was used to kill the child.
A postmortem examination was expected to be carried out on the body of the child.
“The RSVGPF extends condolences to all who are negatively affected by this incident.
Anyone with information that can assist the police with this investigation is encouraged to contact the Major Crime Unit at 1-784-457-1211 ext. 4816; Police Emergency at 911/999, or any police station or police officer you are comfortable speaking with.
“Any information received would be treated confidentially. Investigations into the matter are ongoing,” police said int heir statement on Sunday.
No charges have been laid in connection with the death of the child.
Update: This article was updated to correct the date of the offence.