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

CLARENDON, Jamaica — A person of interest has been named in the gruesome killing of a mother and four children in Chapelton, Clarendon.

He is 23-year-old Rushane Barnett otherwise called ‘Jett’ or ‘Nick’. Barnett is said to frequent Coco Piece in Clarendon, Wilson Run in Trelawny and Papine in St Andrew. He is believed to be a cousin of the deceased.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Barnett is being asked to contact the May Pen Criminal Investigations Branch at 876-832-2077, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

Barnett is being asked to turn himself in to the police immediately.

The bodies of the Clarendon mother and four children were discovered at their home on Tuesday morning. Their throats were slashed.

READ: Mother, children found with throats slashed.

The names of the deceased have not yet been released but, according to Commissioner of Police, Major Antony Anderson, the victims were the mother, her three girls ages 15, 10 and five and an 11-month old baby.

“At about 7:50 am this morning the police received a call that a family member went to the home of the deceased and found five persons killed in the house. On the inside, there is the mother, one girl 15, another 10, and another 5 and the baby at 11 months old. They all seem to have been killed with a sharp implement,” Anderson disclosed. “This is unusual for this community, this is not a place where there is much violence, what we have seen is that the Scene of crime is doing their work.”

More information will follow.

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