Person of interest in killing of mom, 4 children held in Trelawny
Police personnel at the scene in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon where a mother and her four children were found with their throats slashed.

TRELAWNY, Jamaica – The person of interest in the savage killing of a Clarendon mother and her four children is now in the custody of the Trelawny police.

Twenty-three-year-old Rushane Barnett, believed to be a cousin of the deceased, was held in the northwest Jamaica parish Tuesday evening.

READ: Person of interest named in killing of mother, four children

Kemisha Wright and her four children – 15-year-old Kimana Smith, 10-year-old Shemari Smith, five-year-old Kafana Smith, all girls, and her 23-month-old son, Kishaun Henry – were found with their throats slashed Tuesday morning at their home in the Cocoa Piece community near Chapelton in Clarendon.

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The mass killing sent shock-waves across the country.

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