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January 11, 2013
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Children's advocate to intervene in murder case
Andre' Williams, STAR Writer

The Office of the Children's Advocate is to intervene in the matter in which a woman is alleged to have almost severed her 11-month-old infant's head in St Mary yesterday.

Children's advocate Dihann Gordon Harrison has ordered investigators to gather more information in the matter so the agency can act accordingly.

mentally disturbed

"Certainly, more questions will have to be answered. If the mother is mentally disturbed then there are two issues. The criminal justice system will have to see if she is fit to enter a plea whether guilty of the offence or not," Harrison said. "The other is that we will have to investigate if there are other children in her care, and see if we can intervene from that angle. Relatives will be contacted to see if there is anyone fit to take care of them. If not, then the state will have to."

The Annotto Bay police reported that about 7:30 a.m., the infant was found dead with a large wound to the left side of his neck and another to the left shoulder.

The mother, 39, turned herself in to the police hours later. Up to press time last night, she was not charged.

Police are also refuting claims that the mother had taken the child to station on Wednesday for state care and protection. "There is no truth to that!" said a police officer.

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