Police launch murder inquiry
A 6-year-old girl was found dead early Monday inside a vehicle that was left in the bush just west of Barefoot Beach off the Queens Highway in East End.
Police said the child was the victim of an apparent homicide.
“The child was alone [when she was found],” said Royal Cayman Islands Police Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton.
The RCIPS arrested a woman the Cayman Compass confirmed to be the child’s mother a short distance from the crime scene later in the morning. The 37-year-old woman had not been charged with any crimes as of press time.
The girl suffered what appeared to be stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the location where the vehicle was found.
Initial police reports stated the child’s body was found around 5:45 a.m. Monday, but Chief Superintendent Walton said officers were alerted to the situation just after 4:30 a.m.
“Our officers who were on patrol on the Queens Highway saw a vehicle, they stopped and on looking inside found what was later determined to be a very young child,” Mr. Walton said. “This is a murder inquiry.”
Meanwhile, other RCIPS officers were on scene at the family’s home in the Savannah-Newlands area early Monday, searching the house for clues. It was not immediately known whether the child had been killed at the residence or at the location where the car was found in East End.
The child’s mother was found along a stretch of beach not far from where the vehicle was left. According to sources who spoke to the Compass on condition of anonymity, it appeared the woman had gone into the ocean prior to being found.
The woman who was arrested in connection with the child’s death is the spouse of a serving RCIPS officer, the Cayman Compass has learned. The newspaper learned the officer, a police sergeant, was on duty Sunday night. He could not be reached for comment Monday. Department officials declined to discuss any matters relating to the officer.
The mother’s family in the Turks and Caicos Islands had been notified of the incident involving their granddaughter and were en route to Grand Cayman on Monday.
The child’s death is the third homicide in the Cayman Islands so far this year.
The killing comes nearly five years after the February 2010 murder of 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes. Jeremiah was shot in his parents’ vehicle outside the Hell Esso gas station in what police said was a gang-related retaliatory shooting.
Mr. Walton said he couldn’t remember another incident in the Cayman Islands where a small child had been the victim of a homicide in recent times.