2 quizzed in baby’s murder
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Thursday, September 19 2013
TWO PERSONS have been interrogated by Homicide Investigations detectives in relation to the murder on Monday of two-year-old Kimora Roopnarine, who died from injuries sustained as a result of blunt force trauma to her chest which led to some of her ribs being broken.
One of the persons interviewed, police sources said, is a person who Central Division officers had launched a manhunt for on Tuesday night.
Kimora died on Monday afternoon at the Chaguanas Health Facility after she was brought to the hospital by a man. Doctors were told by the man, after he put Kimora down at his home, he checked on her a bit later and found her struggling for breath. Kimora was pronounced dead on arrival at the health centre.
An autopsy by Dr Hughvon des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre, St James on Tuesday revealed Kimora suffered blunt force trauma to her chest which resulted in three broken ribs.
Police officers of the Central Division spent most of Tuesday afternoon searching for the man who brought the toddler to the hospital as they wanted to question him on the incident. The man subsequently surrendered himself at the Chaguanas Police Station late Tuesday night, in company with an attorney.
The man, who was later handed over to Homicide investigators, gave a statement in which — according to sources — he claimed when he picked up the child from a day care centre on Monday, she was in good spirits, was “bubbly and full of life” and did not appear to have any injuries.
He said he took the child home, put her in a crib and left her there because she said she wanted to sleep. About an hour later, the man told police, he heard the child crying and when he made a check, she was gasping for breath. He said he then sought the assistance of a neighbour, and took baby Kimora to the Chaguanas Health Facility where he was informed that the child had died.
Another person, police sources told Newsday, was also interviewed by the police. A party of Central Division officers led by Superintendent Johnny Abraham and including Inspector Terrence Williams, Sgt Jitindra Toolaram and PC Lewis are spearheading investigations.
Police sources told Newsday the autopsy conducted by des Vignes revealed there was internal clotting near the broken ribs, which suggested the injuries which killed baby Kimora would have occurred, some time before Monday, possibly on the weekend.