Person of interest in stabbing death of woman, four kids detained
Undertakers remove the body of one of the five family members from their house in Coco Piece, Clarendon, where they were murdered Tuesday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The man who was named as a person of interest in the grisly murder of a mother and her four children is now in the custody of the Clarendon police.

The five deceased have been identified as 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.

They were found inside a room in their home in Coco Piece, Clarendon, on Tuesday morning with their throats slashed.

The man, whom the police named as person of interest, was apprehended by a team from the Trelawny Police Division in the Wilson Run area of the parish about 8:45 pm on Tuesday.

According to acting commander of the Trelawny Police Division, Deputy Superintendent Winston Milton, the man, a 23-year-old Trelawny resident, was held during a special operation while in the company of a relative in Wilson’s Run. He was subsequently taken to Clarendon where he was handed over to police in that parish.

On Wednesday afternoon, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigations Branch Cleon Marsh told the Jamaica Observer that preparations were under way to interview the individual in the presence of his attorney.

He said, too, that the man would be removed from Clarendon but did not say where he would be taken or why he was being taken to another parish.

Meanwhile, yesterday Children’s Advocate Dihann Gordon Harrison, said, “The very inhumane, heartless and cold-blooded murder of the mother and her [four] children has really shaken me to my core. My entire team stands behind me when we see that this is perhaps one of the darkest examples of humanity. We continue to express our condolence to the family, to the relatives at large, and to the community, including the school community of the two little ones who were literally snuffed out.

“We want to encourage persons, who have credible information that can help build a case... that can withstand all of the different flaws that sometimes arise when you are putting a case together, to come forward,” Gordon Harrison said.

Horace Hinds

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