Friday 4 December, 2020

File on infant sisters’ death ready for DPP - Police

Four-year-old Rosricka King and her five-year-old sister Rosrick King died under mysterious circumstances earlier this year.

Four-year-old Rosricka King and her five-year-old sister Rosrick King died under mysterious circumstances earlier this year.

Police say preliminary investigations into the death of two infant sisters earlier this year in St Andrew are complete and a file is being sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The two siblings, four-year-old Rosricka King and her five-year-old sister Rosrick King, were pronounced dead on arrival at the Bustamante Hospital for Children on May 6, after being found unresponsive and bleeding from the nostrils and mouths inside a Washington Court apartment.

The children's mother, Rosden Hewitt, had left them in the care of her 15-year-old son while she went to Ocho Rios on a business trip, according to the police.

After months of investigating the mysterious circumstances around the death, police tell Loop News that they have completed the file in the case and are preparing to hand the document to the DPP.

“The file is now completed and is to be presented to the office of the DPP; it will advise how to treat the case,” a senior investigator in the case told Loop News on Thursday.

The mysterious death of the infants received national attention and the apparent slow pace of the investigation has frustrated many Jamaicans, many of whom have been voicing their dissatisfaction via social media.

 “After more than four months we still no hear anything in the case of the two young girls; they died just so and we don’t get any answers,” one man wrote on Facebook in response to an article about another outstanding death investigation.

“What is happening in this case?” he asked.

The bodies of the deceased girls were found with frothy mucus, with blood gushing from their nostrils and mouths; with their lips, the palms of their hands and feet apparently blue in colour, and with what appeared to be urine on their clothing.

Rosden Hewitt, the mother, reportedly claimed that at about 6:45 am, she got a call from her son, while she was still in Ocho Rios, that he found his sisters lying motionless and bleeding from the nostrils and mouths.

The children's aunt was summoned and she rushed the infants to the hospital where they were pronounced dead by a doctor.

Police, at the time, said they suspected foul play, with strangulation the possible cause of death. An autopsy done on the bodies, however, proved inconclusive.

 

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