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Oct 16, 2020

Mother Claims Her Son, Who Escaped from Prison, was Beaten

Stephanie Edwards

Outside the courtroom it was an emotional time for Stephanie Edwards. She the mother of recaptured prisoner Deon White, who was sentenced to a year in prison earlier today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after he accepted guilt for the charge of escaping from prison.  White was visibly limping as he was taken in and out of the courtroom. According to his mother, he was mistreated while on remand at the central prison. Even though he has been caught up in this jailbreak and was only just recaptured on Thursday, Edwards said that her son has been beaten. She was allowed to speak briefly with him at the Hattieville Police Station. Edwards recounts the experience with her son before the escape and after he was recaptured.


Stephanie Edwards, Mother of Deon White

“Yesterday when I gone dah Hattieville station when dehn call me and ask me fi make I bring food and clothes for my son and I di question my son. Dehn stomp up ahn, all of that. All ih toenail di come off. Come on. Everybody dah human being; nobody dah dog. Come on. They find he pan di Hummingbird Highway di come down. And my son say ih mi ask fi wah glass a water and when ih mi drink di water, dehn beat up ahn and I noh think that right.  I need fi try get to talk to my son. You know what it is to be ina wah hole? Yo can’t see nobody; yo just get yo food shub through wah gate like yo dah dog. The only time I get fi see my son dah last week Friday when my son come dah court when I get fi talk to my son. And from them that is the last time I see my son. (Crying) The night when I see the news and my daughter tell me, ma some prisoners escape. I say I hope my son noh deh ina it. After that, everybody start to ring up my phone, my daughter phone and then when I look I see that dah my son. And that’s why my son gone pan the news and tell ahn just give in yoself. Just give in ihself. (Crying) Everybody know that back deh soh, we noh know di kinda treatment weh fi we pikney di get back there, yo know. And I noh think if you noh do something, dehn noh supposed to treat you like you dah wah criminal.”


Edwards also pleaded for assistance for an attorney to take on her son’s case.

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