– 15-year-old uncle detained
Police are questioning the relatives of a two-year-old child who died around 11:00hrs yesterday under suspicious circumstances.
The child, Kimanie Watson, of Lot 46 South Haslington, East Coast Demerara, was pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), hours after she was seen playing in their yard with her cousins.
Relatives are claiming that the child was suffering from a severe bout of diarrhea but medical practitioners have found enough evidence to suggest that she might have been the victim of a brutal sexual assault. Investigators have detained the child’s 15-year-old uncle in whose care she was left prior to her death.
Watson’s mother and her grandmother were also taken to the Cove and John Police Station for questioning but were later released.
Yesterday, when Kaieteur News visited the home of the dead child, the police were already there carrying out their investigations. Little Watson’s mother refused to give any information.
Watson’s grandmother, Dianne Graham, explained that the child’s mother who is a security guard left home around 06:00am yesterday to go to work as usual. “All of we live together and my daughter does leave her children with me.”
Kaieteur News was told that Graham subsequently went out to collect some money from Western Union, leaving the two-year-old at home with her 15-year-old son.
“When I was coming back, I get a call to come at the hospital and when I go there then I hear Kimanie died,” the grandmother stressed.
Kaieteur News understands that after the child was pronounced dead, her body was taken to the mortuary.
However, officials at the hospital upon reflecting on the child’s sudden death, decided to take a second look at the body.
They first discovered what appeared to be an old bite mark on her back.
They were further shocked when they found that her anus was enlarged and they concluded that it was a clear case of penetration from the outside.
“The child was wrapped up and taken to the mortuary but was brought back and examined in the presence of a social worker. They found that the anus was wide open,” a source informed this newspaper.
The police were informed and they immediately launched an investigation.
Dianne Graham is refusing to believe that her son sexually molested her granddaughter. “I could put my head on a block and swear that he didn’t touch that child.”
Graham explained that she was informed that her granddaughter was playing in the yard with some other children. “She went playing and like she mess up (defecated) and the girls call him (15-year-old) to clean her.”
According to Graham, her son told her that he took the child to the bathroom and bathed her but he noticed that she was having continuous bowel movements.
“He say that he took her upstairs and give her some tea but she fainted and he called a relative and they carry her to the health center then to the GPHC where she died,” a worried Graham said.
Kimanie Watson was born in Trinidad. She recently came to Guyana with her mother.
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