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Dec 22, 2016

Can You Help Police Solve Baby Janeeka’s Death?

Janeeka Campbell

Two weeks ago, a month shy of her second birthday, twenty-three-month-old Janeeka Campbell suffered a most brutal and senseless death in St. Matthews’s village, in the Cayo District. According to statements to police from her parents, Baby Janeeka fell down a flight of stairs, after getting out of bed where her father was sleeping and going outside to play. She developed breathing complications thereafter. The toddler from Belize City, who was visiting her father, was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital in the capital, with bruises across her upper body and appearing unresponsive. She would later be pronounced dead on arrival. While she has since been laid to rest, police have yet to close the case or make an arrest. Officer in charge of Belmopan Police Formation, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, made a fresh plea this afternoon for further evidence to tilt the scales one way or the other – to accidental tragedy, or cold-blooded murder.

 

Howell Gillett

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

“As it relates to the baby, Janeeka, I believe the latest legal directive that we have been given, is that there is no criminal offence that was disclosed, based on all the statements that we have in our possession; but it’s a wide-open case and we will continue to investigate until we bring some closure to it. So far, as I mentioned some previous interviews ago, is that Baby Janeeka, the parents are claiming that she died, not of natural causes, but by an accident, and there is nothing otherwise to suggest anything different. And I will take this opportunity to ask the public if they had seen or heard anything that evening in question, to please alert the nearest police station and if possible the Belmopan Police Station, to let us have that information. But as it stands, there is not any sufficient evidence to lay any criminal charges against any one person or any set of persons based on what we have in our possession at this time.”

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