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February 5, 2014
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Murder of 8-y-o upsets OCA

The Office of The Children's Advocate (OCA) has condemned the rape and killing of eight-year-old Celeena Headman, of Top Hill, St Thomas, who was reportedly raped and her throat slashed on Monday.

In a release, the OCA extended its condolences and deepest sympathies to Edmund's family.

"Absolutely no parent or guardian should have to endure the agonising pain of having to bury their child under these gruesome and heart-rending circumstances," Children's Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, noted.

Gordon Harrison added that communities must rise and put an end to child abuse.

"We must as a nation, say enough is enough as we cannot continue to slaughter our children. Where persons in communities know or even suspect a child may be abused, we at the OCA implore them to make a report and speak out, as their silence or turning a blind eye to the problem, will only result in heartache."

"With regard to this specific incident, the OCA joins the minister of national security in his Unite for Change campaign, and urges anyone with information about the rape and murder of young Selena, to tell what they know to the police," she added.

Under the Child Care and Protection Act, all adults are duty bound to ensure that the right and best interests of all children are preserved at all times.

If you have information, know, or suspect a child is being abused, call 1-888-PROTECT (1-888-776-8328), or email: report@oca.gov.jm.

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