Eight year-old child, whose throat was slashed, dies in hospital

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth and Mickel Jackson, Executive Director, Jamaicans for Justice


Danielle Rowe, the eight year-old girl who was abducted from her school in Portmore, St Catherine and her throat slashed, died in hospital early Saturday morning.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, head the St Andrew Central Police,  confirmed the child's death.

The child was abducted from Braeton Primary & Infant school on Wednesday.

She was thrown from a vehicle along Roosevelt Avenue in the St Andrew Central police division with a wound to the neck.

Investigators said the child was seen walking along the busy thoroughfare and taken to hospital by a motorist.

Superintendent Christopher Phillips, commanding Officer for the St. Catherine South police division, who visited the school on Friday, said investigators were conducting interviews to determine how the child was removed from the school. 

Prime Minister

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, responding to news of the death of Danielle Rowe, described it as "deeply disturbing, and barbaric." 
The Prime Minister's response, released in a formal statement, reads in part:
"My heart goes out to Danielle's family and friends during this period of immense grief. The entire Jamaica must consider this a charge on our collective conscience. Anyone who has any information or knowledge of this incident should immediately inform the police. We cannot be silent or protect those responsible for this gruesome act. The society cannot surrender to wanton violence, and we must be unequivocal when violence is directed against our children."
Mr Holness noteed that since the start of the year eight children have been murdered, and that three of them are younger than 12.
"Our indignation and intolerance of fatal violence must be expressed in the highest penalties as a deterrent and the stiffest punishment if the criminal was not deterred. My Government will not resile from using all the legal tools available to us in sending a clear message that violence of any form is unacceptable and in bringing perpetrators of violent crime to justice," - the Prime Minister declared.
He has also directed the Minister of Education & Youth to have all schools review their safety and security policies to ensure that "they are being effectively practiced to sure the safety of our children."
Jamaicans for Justice
The human rights organization, Jamaicans for Justice, also condemned the murder of eight year-old Danielle Rowe.
Mickel Jackson, Executive Director of JFJ,  also implored persons with information to tell the police so that the family might get justice, noting that violent acts against children "is not something that we should condone at all."
"Even though we don't know Danielle, this is something that brings tears to all of us, so we can only pray and hope that justice will be swift for the perpetrator," she said.


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