An East Berbice community was plunged into shock yesterday and hard questions are now being asked after a gruesome mid-afternoon discovery of the body of a seven-year-old boy.
Neighbours, who were part of a search team, are reporting that Shaheed ‘Buddy’ Muknauth of Number 68 Village Squatting Area was bludgeoned to death.
He was a student at the Number 68 Primary School and due to return to school in two weeks time.
A post mortem examination done yesterday by Pathologist, Dr. Vivekanand Brijmohan, gave the cause of death as a fractured skull. The victim also had a fractured chin and broken right hand.
A 21-year-old unemployed villager known to the boy’s family and from the nearby Number 67 Village has since reportedly admitted to the killing which has rocked the adjacent communities.
It is a gut-wrenching tale of domestic abuse and abject poverty.
Kaieteur News learnt that the boy’s mother, Anita Persaud, 34, was earlier Monday badly beaten by her reputed husband, a fisherman, following a domestic squabble. They had been living together for two years.
Following the incident, the woman reportedly ingested kerosene and was taken to the Skeldon Hospital. Her reputed husband was arrested for the beating and was up to late yesterday still in police custody.
Left at home alone were the woman’s six children, including a two-month-old baby she had with her reputed husband. The eldest child was 12.
It became a mother’s worst nightmare.
On Monday afternoon, Anita worried about her children, insisted on leaving the hospital.
She went home and found that little ‘Buddy’, her fifth child, was missing.
The worried mother later learnt that the children were hungry and that the little boy had left with a villager known as ‘Mongoose’ to buy food. He was never seen alive again.
The grieving mother said she was awake all Monday night. “I nah sure if he gone and sleep by somebody.”
But Tuesday morning, the worried mother made a report to the Springlands Police Station.
“De police ask who is de last person ‘Buddy’ was seen with and I tell dem Mongoose. And dey pick he up.”
The villager refused to say anything.
Villagers and relatives of the little boy searched several areas around his home.
It was in some bushes behind a rice mill, a few streets away, that a teenager made the gruesome discovery around 14:15hrs yesterday.
The boy’s face was badly disfigured and unrecognizable. His intestines were protruding and it appeared as though he was almost skinned. It was hard to recognize the remains as human.
His mother started screaming after she recognized his clothes which were strewn not far away.
Kaieteur News understands that the villager who was detained has since admitted to the shocking killing of the boy.
According to one villager who saw the body, it was an unforgettable sight.
Little ‘Buddy’ was described as a jovial child who was not afraid of strangers.
One neighbour said the boy was doing well in school.
“He nah deserve this. Anita can’t afford to take a lawyer to get justice. Dem should kill whoever do this. He nah deserve to live.”
The squatting area remains flooded from recent heavy rains and neighbours were unaware that anything was amiss with the home-alone children.
There are now questions being asked how the police who arrested the stepfather of the murdered boy, could have left the children alone at home, without any adult supervision.
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