The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will have to decide on the fate of a 10-year-old boy, who reportedly kicked his classmate in the stomach, resulting in her death, according to a senior police official yesterday.
A Post Mortem examination performed on the remains of 10-year-old Rosanna Harris at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) revealed that she died from blunt trauma to the stomach which is consistent with a kick.
Kaieteur News understands that police ranks have questioned Harris’ classmate and are in the process of taking statements from students at the school, who witnessed the incident. Once all the statements are taken, the file will be sent to the DPP for advice on the way forward.
Samantha Peters, the child’s mother said that Rosanne attended St. Stephen’s Primary School located in Charlestown, Georgetown.
Recalling what transpired, Peters said that two Fridays ago her daughter came home complaining of not feeling well in her stomach. She said that when she asked what happened, her daughter responded that a student had kicked her to the stomach.
According to Peters, on Saturday and Sunday (March 25 and 26, last) her daughter was complaining about pains and began vomiting. She said that the child’s father had gone to the school and enquired about the incident in the new week.
She said that on Friday, last, Rosanne complained about feeling as if she had diarrhea but when taken to the washroom, she could not defecate.
Peters said that the following day when she checked on her daughter after waking up, she asked her if she wanted to get up and have a bath, and she nodded in the affirmative. Peters said that she left the room for a moment and heard her other daughter screaming.
According to Rosanne’s older sister, when she checked on her sibling and felt her arm, it was stiff and cold.
”When I raise up she hand, it didn’t stay up, it just fall right back down.” She said that there was blood running from her sister’s nose as her lifeless body lay on the bed.
Rosanne’s father, Randel Harris, in an emotional state, said that when he had visited the school concerning the issue, he did not want to engage in an unfriendly confrontation with the parent of the child who allegedly kicked his daughter. The child’s father said, “This come as a real shock.”
According to her mother, the family will have to find money to finance a funeral and that will be difficult.
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