Wednesday 13 December, 2017

Jamaican woman among five charged in death of two American girls

Mug shots for Frederick Blair, 23, Madani Ceus, 37, Nathan Yah, 50, and Ika Eden, 53.  (San Miguel County Sheriff's Office)

Mug shots for Frederick Blair, 23, Madani Ceus, 37, Nathan Yah, 50, and Ika Eden, 53. (San Miguel County Sheriff's Office)

A Jamaican woman is among five people charged in the death of two young girls whose bodies were found on a farm in Colorado, USA.

She has been identified as 53-year-old Ika Eden.

Eden was arrested in mid-September along with four other people - two men and two women - after authorities discovered the bodies. All five were initially charged with fatal child abuse.

Prosecutors on Friday added murder charges against the two other female suspects, Nashika Bramble and Madani Ceus. 

The two male suspects, Frederick Blair, a 23-year-old man from Norwood, and Ashford Archer, a 50-year-old man from Haiti, have also been charged with acting as an accessory to a crime.

A spokeswoman for 7th Judicial District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller said Tuesday that she couldn't comment on what led to the murder charges.

Police have said the girls were between the ages of 5 and 10. Investigators believe they were dead for several weeks before the bodies were found in mid-September on a farm outside Norwood, about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) west of the ski resort town of Telluride.

Authorities have shared few other details about the case that shocked the town of about 500 people. It's not clear how any of the defendants are connected to the children. Authorities haven't released any details about what caused their deaths, and affidavits in the case have been closed to public view.