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Dec 17, 2018

Police Won’t Take Responsibility for Running Over Baby Tevin

Two-year old Tevin Cacho remains at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where his condition has improved slightly. The toddler was crushed by a police mobile on Thursday evening as he crossed the street to meet his mother who was in front of Kim’s Shop on Iguana Street extension, Belize City. While he is not out of the woods yet, his condition is being described as critical but stable. Today, at a press brief, the police said it was not taking culpability for the accident. Police Constable Marvin McKoy of the Gang Suppression Unit was driving in the neighbourhood when he ran over the child. The vehicle had to be lifted by bystanders to remove Tevin from under it. News Five Isani Cayetano reports.


Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner (Operations)

Chester Williams

“At this time we are not accepting liability.  We, yes, will see what can be done for the child, because it’s a child, and if there is any way that we can assist we are going to do so, but we are not going to make any commitment at this time.”


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Two-year-old Tevin Cacho remains hospitalized at the KHMH.  The toddler has been there since Thursday night when he was rushed to Accident and Emergency after being ran over by an unmarked pickup driven by GSU personnel.  Despite his medical condition, the police department says it will not take legal responsibility for the near-fatal mishap.  Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams provided additional details of what transpired in front of Kim’s Shop 2 on Iguana Street Extension.


Chester Williams

“A number of persons were congregating, public drinking.  As you know, public drinking is against the law, so is loitering.  This was around 8:15 p.m., or thereabout.  The police vehicle came to a stop and some of the officers alighted the vehicle and went to speak with those persons who were obviously committing a breach of the law.  One officer remained in the vehicle and the officer moved the vehicle forward to park on the side of the road.  Few minutes later, or seconds, two females who were at the store drinking, in front of the store, shouted at the officer in the vehicle that a child was under the vehicle.”

The driver of the pickup truck has since been identified as Police Constable Marvin McKoy, who is attached to the Gang Suppression Unit.  With the assistance of residents in the neighborhood, the infant was removed from under the vehicle.  A first responder described the extent of baby Tevin’s injuries.


Voice of: First Responder

“Ih whole face peel off, the whole top ah ih head deh by ih jaw, like ih skin just, I noh know, ih just sad.  But I noh know weh kinda police dehn deh because then now, dehn fi mi flip da vehicle, fi tell yo di truth.  Dehn fi mi flip that.”


The child’s mother, who was celebrating her birthday on the night of the incident, told News Five that she had left her son at a playground across the street from the shop.  The officers, she said, arrived on the scene in a ball of speed.

Voice of: Sherima Moody, Mother of Accident Victim

“We di eat some chips and dips, now when di GSU lady seh, “No ma’am, unu cyan do dat out ya.  Unu ker unu party home.”  When we di walk off, di baby deh pan di ground, di baby deh underneath di vehicle.  Everybody shocked, nobody [noh know weh fi do.]  I climb underneath di vehicle fi my baby, but when I climb on deh fi my baby di whole side ah ih face done mash off.  So when I sih dat I get frighten, I crawl right out back from underneath di vehicle and then my sista, my baby stand up and then my sista get ahn.”


According to DCP Williams, the accident was unavoidable.  He also said that the mother should have been more responsible in looking after her child.


Chester Williams

“The manner in which the incident occurred, there is no way the officer could have seen the child in front of that vehicle.  Hence I said, it’s a sad situation that ought not to have occurred and one of the only way by which that could have been prevented was for that mother to have kept that child close to her or for her to have left that child at home.”


In speaking with Tevin’s relatives earlier today, News Five was made to understand that his condition seems to be slightly improving.  On Friday, his prognosis was grim and doctors were giving him a fifty-fifty chance of surviving the ordeal.


Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Police Won’t Take Responsibility for Running Over Baby Tevin”

  1. Marie says:

    Really sad, but this is what happens when parents have kids around and not paying attention to them.

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