Suspect in child’s death is mental health patient

As of Friday, Royal Cayman Islands Police officers investigating the stabbing death of a 6-year-old girl had not been able to interview the girl’s mother, who was arrested in connection with the killing.  

Tamara Butler, 37, has been in the hospital under police guard since last Monday after she was treated for some superficial cuts, police superintendent Adrian Seales said Friday. 

Ms. Butler was admitted to the hospital as a patient under the Cayman Islands Mental Health Law for “a period of observation…to assess her condition and suitability for interview by officers conducting this investigation,” Mr. Seales said Friday. 

No charges had been filed against Ms. Butler as of press time Sunday.  

Ms. Butler’s daughter Bethany was found dead early Monday in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in the bush off the Queens Highway, Grand Cayman, near Barefoot Beach. Ms. Butler was arrested a short distance away.  

A pathologist’s examination last week confirmed that Bethany suffered multiple stab wounds.  

Mr. Seales said the RCIPS could not confirm whether Bethany had been killed at a house in the Newlands area prior to being placed in the front seat of the SUV where she was found in Monday.  

Bethany’s father, Lenford Butler, an RCIPS police sergeant, was at work Sunday night into Monday morning when the killing occurred. He has not returned any communications seeking comment on the matter.  

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