Mother blames obeah for death of daughter

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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DLANCO McFarlane had been ill for the last six months.

Her relatives tried everything to get her better after she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. But, despite repeated trips to the hospital and 'prayer warriors' converging on her mother's home in Red Hills, St Andrew, her condition worsened.

"The doctors couldn't find out what wrong with her. From dem give her a family planning injection her foot dem just swell and wouldn't go down. Wi try everything," her mother, Winsome McDonald, said.

The last resort was to take the 23-year-old to Pastor Maurice Perrier at the Fire Anointed Healing and Deliverance Ministry on Retirement Road, yesterday, to see if he could heal her.

Sadly, before Perrier could arrive at his ministry, McFarlane died in the arms of her child's father on the compound.

When the Jamaica Observer arrived at the scene her limp body was stretched out on a table and her child's father, identified only as 'Wayne', was a picture of grief.

He hollered loudly as he wondered how he would live without her and blamed himself for her demise. "Oh God, me blame meself," he said as he writhed in agony.

The dead woman's mother, meanwhile, claimed that her daughter was taken to an obeahman who gave her something to drink that caused her condition to worsen.

The woman said that, on Monday, her daughter called and told her to come for her as she felt that she was going to die. She did as instructed and carried her daughter home.

Pastor Perrier, who arrived at the scene during an argument between McDonald and Wayne, said they had taken too long to bring her to him for prayers.

"Unnu carry her go obeahman? That's why she dead. Mi pick up say unnu carry her go at least two obeahmen," said the churchman.

Perrier took the opportunity to warn persons present that taking their ill loved ones to practitioners of obeah was not the answer, as only Jesus Christ had the power to heal.

The St Andrew Central police are investigating the death of the woman.

- Karyl Walker

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