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Dec 9, 2016

Police Need Medical Clarity on Baby Janeeka’s Death

Janeeka Campbell

The death of two year old Janeeka Campbell continues to baffle police. The toddler died on Tuesday night, but the motive for her death is still under review between police and the pathologist. Both parents say the child accidentally fell down a flight of stairs at her father’s house in Saint Matthew’s Village. She was rushed first by police and then by ambulance to the Western Regional Hospital, but died in transit. In an initial interview with the media, Senior Superintendent Gillett indicated that from there were fresh injuries as well as old ones observed on the body of baby Janeeka. The question is: since the autopsy has indicated that the toddler died as a result of trauma to the chest and head, are the injuries consistent with that of a fall?


Howell Gillett

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

“Well we have some medical terms that we are trying to work around because what I understand as I have read it is that it is hemorrhage due to head and chest trauma. But this Monday we will try to arrange a meeting with the pathologist to get a more detail explanation, in simpler terms, as to what caused the death. Also what we want to verify is the fact that we want to find out if the injuries that were observed during the postmortem, if they are consistent to the statements that we have thus far which are saying that the child might have fell from the verandah, on to the step and otherwise. We want to verify that; we will get the D.P.P. involved. We will prepare what we have; as a matter of fact we have a few statements and we will send that to the D.P.P. to get clarification and to get a legal opinion if what we have is sufficient to lay any criminal charges. In my view and experience what we have so far is not merely sufficient to proffer a criminal charge against anyone or any set of people. I would never want to speculate about something this serious. Yes, we as police officers have dealt with many cases in our careers, but I don’t think it is time for me to speculate. I prefer to hear directly from the pathologist who conducted the postmortem to tell us whether these injuries that he observed are consistent with a fall. We need to clear that up and some of the medical terms that were used; we want to have a better interpretation of those. As I said we will work with the pathologist and the Director of Public Prosecutions Office before we even think about laying charges against anybody.”

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