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UPDATE: Body of buried missing teen found

CDA tightens security at Trelawny Children’s Home

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 8:03 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Child Development Agency (CDA) says it has dispatched a team of social workers to provide counselling and other support to children who reside at the Granville Place of Safety after the body of one of the wards was found in a shallow grave Thursday afternoon.

The Agency in a statement late Thursday said that it has also beefed up security at the facility and taken steps to make contact with the parents of the deceased child who live in different parts of the island.

The deceased16-year-old girl and another ward broke out of the facility on Sunday (February 15) and a missing person report made to the police.

Allegations are that the deceased, along with the other female ward were assisted by a member of the community who cut a hole in the newly-erected perimeter fence securing the facility.

This situation was made even more urgent as the deceased child had a chronic medical condition which required daily treatment, the CDA confirmed.

On Thursday, the other ward who had absconded returned to the facility, reporting that her friend had had fallen unconscious and was buried by members of the community.

A report was made to the police and a search launched leading to the discovery of a body which has been confirmed as that of the teen.

“The CDA continues to be deeply disturbed by the level of violence being meted out against our children in the society, and urge the community to exercise greater vigilance to safeguard our children from vicious acts against them,” the CDA said in its statement.

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