A 3-year-old child was rescued Wednesday night after being buried alive outside a Bodden Town home.
A 26-year-old man, from Bodden Town, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remained in police custody Thursday.
Police said in a statement that a report had been received from a member of the public just after 6 p.m. Wednesday that a child had possibly been buried alive at the residence in Bodden Town.
Bodden Town Police immediately responded to the location while notifying 911 communications in the process. En route, they urgently requested the immediate dispatch of an ambulance and supporting units to the location.
Officers recovered the child from the premises and reported that he was distressed and had difficulty breathing.
The officers took the child by police vehicle from the location to meet the ambulance. In Savannah, they were met by the Police Firearms Response Unit, which had onboard medical equipment and a trained tactical medical officer.
Emergency treatment and oxygen were given to the child until the ambulance arrived.
The child was then transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital for further medical treatment. Police said the child was in stable condition.
Police Commissioner Derek Byrne expressed concern about the level of detail, including the name and photos of the suspect, that had appeared online and on social media following the incident. He said the publication of such details created problems for investigators and compromised the integrity of the judicial process.
He added, “Even more important is the exposure and potential impact the circulation has caused to the child victim and the family involved, who have lost anonymity.”
He said he would be consulting with the attorney general over how to deal with such issues in future.