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Dec 14, 2016

D.P.P. to Decide on Charges in Baby Janeeka Death

Janeeka Campbell

Today, the family of Janeeka Campbell said their final goodbyes to the two year old child as she was laid to rest at the Lord Ridge Cemetery in Belize City, following funeral services at the Universal Church on Queen Street. But police have still not been able to determine whether her death was as a result of foul play or negligence. The toddler died last week Tuesday, on December sixth, while visiting with her father at his house in a remote area of Saint Matthews Village on the George Price Highway. According to statements made by both parents, Baby Janeeka fell down a flight of stairs and developed breathing complications thereafter. Police were transporting her to the hospital and an ambulance assisted on the way. But the child died before reaching the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan.  Today, we asked Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett for an update on the death of the toddler.

 

Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police Formation

“What happened, I believe it is last week Friday we sent all the evidence, the statements and so that we had in our possession to the Director of Public Prosecutions office and I must say that a response was had very quickly. As a matter of fact, by last Friday evening, I think it was, we got a response that she requested some further work to the file before she could make a determination. And part of that work is to also have a statement recorded from the doctor. I don’t want to go into the full details of what she is directed, but that is part of it. So I believe that statement has been obtained and as soon as we get all the things that she has asked for, we will send it to her office and we will have a direction and a way forward as it relates to that case.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir I know the last time we spoke, last week actually, you had said that a meeting was to be held between the pathologist and the police department, the investigators, to determine whether the injuries that were on the child’s body were consistent with that of a fall as was given in statements by the parents. Did that meeting happen?”

 

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett

“Well the meeting would have been academic because one of the instructions that came from the D.P.P. was to record a statement from the pathologist, which will do the same thing as if we had met with the pathologist. So all that will come out in that statement. I am not in office for this week, but I am told that that statement should have been taken earlier this week so I believe we have that in our possession. I can’t have the details of it, but I will send it to the D.P.P. again and then she will make a determination.”

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