No closure - Butler family still mourns dead child

March 10, 2017
A picture of Kemeisha in her casket.

A year after the mysterious passing of their eldest daughter, Stephen and Neisha Butler say they have not moved on, and a lack of information surrounding her death has left wounds wide open.

Allegations are that Kemeisha Butler was instructed by a physical education teacher to stand in the sun and stare into the sky for an extended period as punishment.

The child began to experience seizures the following day and was rushed to hospital.

She died at the Bustamante Hospital for Children on March 9, 2016. The official cause of her death has not been made public.

Yesterday marked a year since her death. Her mother said "We nuh have no money to keep nothing in her memory."

Mr Butler told THE WEEKEND STAR that he can never forget the date.


Medical report


"We still nuh rate weh gwan cause the people dem fi call we and show we wah gwan and dem nah show we nothing," he said, noting that after one year, they are still without the medical report.

The Butlers still live in a dilapidated shack on the beachfront without light and running water. They say they survive by renting a bench on the beach for $150.

Mr Butler said people still talk about Kemeisha's death.

"People dem a say if a never something wrong, we get back info long time," he said.

THE WEEKEND STAR contacted Diahann Gordon Harrison, children's advocate, for an update on the release of the findings as her office had ordered an investigation and received a report from as far back as August.

"This is the first I am hearing anything about them not getting post-mortem or death certificate because as you may or may not be aware, we don't deal with medical records. That is something that if they need assistance, they can discuss that with us, and we can see if there is any assistance that we can give in terms of interfacing with the authorities," she said.

Regarding the report, Gordon Harrison said "We are complete in terms of the draft report, but we can't give it to them personally until it goes through the various channels."

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