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By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Tuesday, December 3 2013

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THE SLAUGHTER of the innocent continues.

For the third time in less than three weeks evidence has surfaced that a child has been beaten to death. The latest innocent baby to lose his life is three-year-old Jabari Hernandez of Carmichael Village, Coryal, East Trinidad.

Young Jabari died on Saturday afternoon after he was reportedly seen vomiting at his home. At the time, it was believed the child may have died from injuries sustained in a fall he reportedly suffered at home a week prior to his death.

However, preliminary results of an autopsy which started yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, by Forensic Pathologist Dr Hughvon des Vignes, revealed the three-year-old Jabari died as a result of blunt force trauma to his little body.

Forensic Science Centre sources told Newsday Dr des Vignes did not complete the autopsy yesterday and is expected to complete his examination of Jabari’s body today which would include taking x-rays of Jabari’s chest and head. Dr des Vignes, the source said, did file a report for the child’s family that the youngster suffered severe injuries to his abdomen, resulting in severe internal trauma.

From the autopsy report, the source said the injuries young Jabari sustained — which caused his death — were not consistent with injuries he would have sustained in a fall, as reported by relatives.

Yesterday’s initial autopsy finding reportedly left Jabari’s relatives who turned up at the Centre in a state of shock. The relatives, according to the source, insisted Jabari’s death was due to a fall notwithstanding yesterday’s preliminary findings.

Relatives of Jabari described the three-year-old as, “a fun and loving” child who would be missed dearly. They said young Jabari was always smiling and he had a way of warming the hearts of those who surrounded him.

Police reported that on Saturday afternoon, Jabari was seen vomiting at his home by his 24-year- old mother. Concerned, the mother organised with relatives to take her son to Sangre Grande District Hospital but at about 4.30 pm, Jabari went limp. He was then rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

At the time, relatives told police Jabari had fallen while playing in the yard of his home. He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope where he was reportedly warded between November 18 and November 26.

After Jabari was discharged from the EWMSC, he had to be rushed to Sangre Grande Hospital after he began vomiting. While up to press time no one had been taken into custody following results of the autopsy, police sources did confirm investigations are proceeding and officers are expected to today seek out several persons to assist them in their enquiries.

Jabari’s suspicious death, which according to preliminary autopsy findings point to a beating rather than a fall, comes at a time when the nation is still numbed by the gruesome murders of six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch and one-year-old Jacob Munroe.

On November 20, Munroe’s body was found in a cesspit at the back of his father’s home in Maracas/St Joseph after the child was allegedly kidnapped. An autopsy later showed the child was beaten to death.

Then, last week Thurday, six-year-old Keyana’s body was found stuffed at the bottom of a cargo barrel in a bedroom at her Maloney home.

An autopsy showed the child’s head was bashed in and she was raped. For this year so far, 16 youngsters between the ages of 17 years and as young as three-days-old, were murdered in this country.

Slaughter of nation’s youth

FEB 8: Brothers Shakell and Jameel Melville, aged 16 and 13 respectively, along with their father Kerwin Melville, 39, were shot dead at their Laventille home

FEB 14: Shakeel Aberdeen,16, shot and killed in Laventille

JUN 23: Arshad Kadir,16, and his brother Jafa Kadir,17, both stabbed to death in Aranjuez

AUG 14: Naim Antoine,16, was shot and killed in Port-of-Spain

AUG 14: Rasheeda Gomez, 16, shot dead on Duncan Street in Port-of-Spain

AUG 28: Kazim Maxine, 16, shot and killed in Laventille

AUG 28: Lucean Williams, 16, shot and killed in Belmont

SEPT 3: Sidney Stellan, eight-months, beaten to death in Morvant

SEPT 16: Kimora Roopnarine, two, beaten to death in Chaguanas

OCT 5: Nishan Lal, three days, is found dead in Sangre Grande. His mother Alicia Acevero charged with manslaughter.
OCT 12: Andre Mowlah, two, beaten to death in Point Fortin. His father Andre Mowlah, is charged with the murder.

NOV 20: Jacob Munroe, one, beaten to death and dumped in cesspit at back of his father’s house.

NOV 28: Keyana Cumberbatch, six, beaten to death and then raped. Body hidden in a cargo barrel in bedroom of her Maloney home. Male relative currently in custody

NOV 30: Jabari Hernandez, three, according to preliminary autopsy findings, was beaten to death.

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