MANHUNT FOR 'MONSTER'
By NALINEE SEELAL and JULIEN NEAVES Wednesday, September 18 2013
POLICE were last night searching for a man they described as “a monster” in connection with the death of two-year-old Kimora Roopnarine.
“I want to send a message to that monster who carried out this brutal act on an innocent child. Surrender to us. Surrender or if you fail to do so, you will be hunted down. You will be found. You will be brought to justice,” stated Superintendent Johnny Abraham last night. “These kinds of incidents will not be tolerated as long as I sit here,” he added.
According to police, on Monday, the two-year-old girl was taken to a daycare at Phyllis Lane in Enterprise at about 10 am.
At about 4 pm, she was picked up by a male relative and taken to her home located four houses away from the daycare centre. According to workers at the daycare centre, little Kimora was bubbly and in a happy mood when she left the centre.
Sometime later, the man rushed Kimora to the Chaguanas Health Facility. He told doctors after he put Kimora down at home and later checked on her, he discovered her struggling for breath. Kimora was pronounced dead on arrival at the health centre.
Doctors at the health centre immediately contacted the police. The man, said to be in his twenties, left the dead child at the health centre and disappeared. Up to press time, his relatives, the child’s relatives, his friends and the police, did not know where he was.
An autopsy by Dr Hughvon des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday revealed baby Kimora suffered blunt force trauma to her little chest including three broken ribs. The injuries were consistent with a savage beating.
Supt Abraham, a career crime-fighter of over 30 years service, told Newsday when he perused the autopsy report, he became emotional. Speaking about his grandson, who is around the same age as Kimora, Abraham said he will take a personal interest in this matter to ensure Kimora’s killer is brought to justice.
“This here is way past heinous. It brought tears to my eyes. I have immediately dispatched a team of officers who will work around the clock to bring closure to this investigation and ensure that justice is served,” Supt Abraham said.
He later urged supervisors at daycare centres to keep a logbook and note the name and address and contact number of persons picking up or dropping off children, who are not the biological parents or legal guardians.
When the Newsday attempted to speak to relatives yesterday at the centre a woman said Kimora’s family were not ready to speak about her death. On the Facebook page of Kimora’s mother, 23-year-old Patrice Thomas-Fletcher, her friends posted dozens of condolence messages.
Thomas-Fletcher herself, posted a prayer which read: “Father I ask you to give me the strength to go on without my baby. Lord let her now that I am always here and will never leave her and if you have taken her from me Lord, I ask you to keep her safe and strong and let her know that mummy will always love her no matter what. My daughter will always be loved.”
A photo of Kimora, with the words ‘RIP Kimora’ was also posted on the Facebook page.
Baby Kimora is one of five young children to die in one year, from September last to present.
Eight-month-old Sidney Emmanuel Stellen, who was left in the care of a 30-year-old male relative at their Angelina Terrace, Morvant home, was later found frothing at the mouth. He was pronounced dead on arrival at PoS General Hospital. An autopsy confirmed death was due to multiple blunt force trauma which left several of his tiny ribs broken.
Musa Subhan, four, of Fyzabad was stabbed to death by his cousin Silvan Alladin who also killed Musa’s 15-year-old sister Sherifa and their (Musa and Sherifa) father Berico Subhan. Silvan was later shot dead by police.
Felicia Carry, 14-months, is taken to Port-of-Spain General Hospital by her teenaged mother who told doctors Felicia would not stop vomiting. The child subsequently died at hospital. An autopsy concluded death was the result of blunt force trauma to the back of her head.
And in September 2012, 19-year-old Resmi Ramrattan from Gasparillo was charged with unlawfully killing her one-year-old son Roshan after an autopsy revealed the child died of blunt force trauma and appeared to have been violently shaken.