UPDATE: Young children watched as mother of 9 killed
Hermalyn Bell

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Authorities from the Child Development Agency (CDA) have arranged counselling for the two youngest of nine children whose mother was hacked to death in Point Hill, St Catherine, on Wednesday afternoon.

Read: Man hacks common-law wife to death in St Catherine — reports

The two girls — five and nine years old — witnessed as 45-year-old Hermalyn Bell was chopped several times about 2:00 pm following a domestic dispute with a man she was said to be intimately involved with.

An older daughter, who also witnessed the attack, said she tried to assist her mother but was threatened with a machete.

She said she was bruised as she tried to escape a  fate similar to Bell's.

The man fled the scene after the attack but was later apprehended by police.

More in Sunday's Observer.

Shanica Blair

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