Boy dies after beating by mentally ill mother
While the close-knit community of Little Red Village, located in the Onderneeming Sandpit Area, has expressed shock over the sudden death of 13-year-old Travis Emmanuel Garraway, a mute, yesterday morning, neighbours are contending that there was nothing they could have done to stop the child’s mother from beating him.
Garraway, who neighbours said, was always seen smiling, received a sound trashing from his mentally challenged mother for almost half of Monday night and died around 08:00 hours yesterday morning at his Onderneeming Sandpit home.
Neighbors said a knife, cutlasses and a pot were discovered next to the child’s lifeless body.
The mentally challenged woman, who has been identified as Veronica Benjamin, was taken to the Suddie Police station, where she was asked to give a statement. She was released shortly afterwards.
Benjamin, a single-parent mother of three, attended the psychiatric clinic at the Suddie Public Hospital.
Speaking from her residence, Benjamin said that her eldest child was overcome with a fever and diarrhea but she admitted to dealing her son lashes with a belt, since his uncontrolled crying affected her.
“He was keeping nuff noise, so I get a belt and put a couple of lashes on him.”
But while Benjamin forcefully maintained that her son was ill and she didn’t take it upon herself to seek medical assistance, since she believed that her son would have eventually died. Neighbours are saying that Benjamin, who usually beat her now deceased son, had beaten the child mercilessly for almost half of the night, until the cries of the child were silenced.
One neighbour said the mentally challenged woman is violent and a serious threat to the community, since it is a norm for her to lash out against individuals, mostly on occasions when she is seriously depressed.
Benjamin’s brother is calling for a post mortem to be performed on the 13-year-old nephew, whom he said was “looking well last week”.
Other persons from the Community are also calling for an intense investigation into the matter, since they said that the two other children are left at the mercy of the mentally challenged woman.
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Caption: Veronica Benjamin and her two surviving children