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Keyianna is safe

By JULIEN NEAVES and Alexander Bruzual Thursday, December 19 2013

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KEYIANNA NOEL...
KEYIANNA NOEL...

THERE were sighs of relief last night as six-year-old Keyianna Noel, who went missing for more than 18 hours, was reunited with her father and siblings after hours of intense work by police.

Keyianna’s father Jasson Noel last night thanked the police as he spoke outside the Besson Street Police Station shortly after he gave a statement to officers.

“I have to give the police real props. Up to now, since yesterday I have not slept, I have not eaten. I was up with the police, with the Anti-Kidnapping Squad officers. And I will like to thank everybody. I was with the officers and I saw their dedication in finding my girl. I am very grateful. Those officers worked hard,” Noel said.

As her father spoke with Newsday, little Keyianna talked and played with Jasson’s other three children. In a soft tone, Keyianna said she was glad to be home with everyone. She repeatedly asked her father to lift her up.

According to police reports, young Keyianna was reported missing at about 4 pm on Tuesday.

Noel, a tradesman of Building 60, Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain, left young Keyianna home alone with her siblings Jerrel Noel, nine, Naomi Noel, eight, and Malaki Belasco, five, at about 9 am, and went about a block away.

At about 4 pm, he received a phone call from a 36-year-old man who is known to the family. Noel told the man he was busy and did not have time to speak with him. Noel said that in hindsight, he believes the call was made to ascertain his (Noel) location.

“I later got to find out the man went upstairs and well the kids know him so they let him in. He asked them who want snacks and Keyianna told him she wanted. I was told that as she was going with that man, Keyianna’s brother Jerrel and Naomi both told her not to go.

“I was told even as Jerrel and Naomi was pulling her back into the apartment, the man held on to Keyianna and pulled her down the steps and he took her away.” Noel said he rushed back to his home and discovered that Keyianna was indeed missing.

Noel said he immediately called the man and tried to reason with him to release Keyianna but was unsuccessful. Noel notified the police and a party of officers from the Besson Street Police Station led by Inspector Sahadeo Singh visited the apartment.

Yesterday morning, the man who had Keyianna contacted a female relative and at about 10.30 am, he dropped off Keyianna along the Priority Bus Route near Mt Hope.

The police were immediately notified as well as Keyianna’s parents and the young girl was reunited with her parents. The child was immediately taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital for a medical examination which showed she was unharmed.

“I can’t understand why this man would come into my house and take my child. She didn’t do him anything. I didn’t do him anything. So why resort to taking Keyianna,” Noel asked last night.

“All he told me was he and the mother of his child, were having difficulties and he has not seen his daughter for a month or so since his child mother, who is also Keyianna ’s mother, has his girl staying with us. He told me if I want to see Keyianna, I have to give him his daughter. What madness!” Noel exclaimed.

Commenting on the incident, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last night told Newsday: “The girl has been found? I’m glad she is safe. I ask you to remember there’s a reason for the season. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, remember Christmas is a time to give and remember it’s a holy and blessed occasion.

“Parents, care givers even neighbours...I ask all of you to be alert. Always know where your child is. It is your duty and responsibility to know where your child or children are. You have a duty and a responsibility to take care of your children and protect them. Even if it is not your child, as an adult you have a responsibility towards children.” Up to press time, it was not known if the man who took Keyianna away, was arrested. Investigations are continuing.

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