CDA concerned by findings of child's death

October 03, 2016
Kemeisha Buttler

The Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) said that findings of its investigations into the death of an eight-year-old schoolgirl are of concern to the agency.

Eight-year-old Port Henderson Primary student Kemeisha Butler, died at the Bustamante Hospital for Children on March 8. The cause of her death to date has been shrouded in controversy.

"They are of concern," children's advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison told THE STAR when asked if any of the findings were troubling.

The OCA is yet to release the findings of a probe which was undertaken in the immediate aftermath of the child's death. The OCA had previously said their findings and recommendations would have been made public by mid-September or there about.

Citing being understaffed, coupled with the incoming workload, Gordon-Harrison told THE STAR yesterday that it was a regrettable delay and that a lot of matters have popped up.

According to Kemeisha's parents, their daughter told them that she was told to stand and look up in the sun with her hands held upwards as punishment by a male teacher.

The teacher in question was sent on leave shortly after Kemeisha's death as the education ministry launched its own investigation.

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