Mom tells cops daughter admitted killing 10-y-o
One of two women charged in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy has admitted in a statement that the other woman told her that she had killed the child.
The shocking revelation was made in the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court where Lanei Lewis, 18, and her mother, 40-year-old Glenda Wright, appeared for the death of Juvea Cooper.
Lewis is charged with murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice, while Wright is charged with having knowledge of the death. The Portland Cottage women, who were unrepresented, were remanded and will be assigned legal aid. They return to court on February 25.
The court heard that Wright indicated during her statement that she saw a shoe at her house belonging to Cooper after he came through the back door of her house earlier. She also indicated that her daughter told her she was fed up of Cooper and had to cut his throat.
The court ordered that an outstanding post-mortem report along with further statements from scene- of-crime detectives be placed on the case file.
Cooper was throwing stones in the community and may have shattered a glass window at the defendants' home. He went missing for several days before his badly decomposed body was discovered in a shallow grave behind a house on January 17.
According to the police, his throat was slashed and one of his arms severed. The boy's shoe and a bloody knife were found in a pit latrine at the home of the accused women.