Mom, infant killed
BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
SIGN, St James — Up to late yesterday afternoon a man, who is said to be the spouse of 20-year-old Melessia Evans and father of her four-month-old son, was in police custody in connection with the brutal slaying of the mother and infant whose bodies were found here Saturday morning.
Yesterday, the police were said to be awaiting legal representation for the suspect in order to question him.
The bodies of Evans and her son, Jeliana Green, were discovered near a National Water Commission pumping station about 11:00 am.
Evans' throat was reportedly slashed and her head partially severed, while her son's body was found floating in a sewage treatment tank.
Police report that Evans and her son were last seen alive when they left home Thursday evening to purchase ice cream.
The police found the bodies after an unknown person called to inform them of the two corpses.
Rescuers from the St James division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade worked for over an hour to remove the baby's body from the tank.
Yesterday, no one was at Evans' home when the Jamaica Observer news team visited the community.
Head of the Police Area One, Assistant Commissioner Warren Clarke condemned the killings and said he was worried about violence against women and children in the society.
"I am concerned that the most vulnerable in our society, our women and children, continue to be victimised by the perpetrators of savagery," he said. "I exhort communities to problem-solve around disputes and counsel parties likely to be at risk. We are prepared and willing to engage our Proactive Violence Intervention Strategy in any such circumstances."