Why the wait?
Grandmother of Jahan King questions lengthy investigations
The paternal grandmother of Jahan King, the six-year-old boy who police said died as a result of chest trauma just over a month ago, is asking why it is taking so long for someone to be charged for his death.
A frustrated Ena Browne, the foster mother of Jahan’s father, John King, who is expected to be released from a Canadian jail this month, complained that the investigation was moving too slowly.
Last week, it was reported that Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith had confirmed that the autopsy report showed that the boy had died unnaturally. He also indicated that police were continuing investigations into the death, which has become the focus of national attention.
The commissioner said that a critical part of the investigations included a report from the Principal Beverly Parris of Lawrence T Gay Memorial Primary School, the school which Jahan attended.
Jahan died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on June 29, after arriving there with his mother, Lasonta Gill, around 12:15 a.m.
Both Gill and her boyfriend Dwayne Marshall were investigated by the state-run Child Care Board after it was reported that Jahan was being abused at their Jackson, St Michael home.
“They say the report back and them investigating, but why somebody ain’t get charge for Jahan’s death yet?” asked a distressed Browne in an interview with Barbados TODAY.
“I can’t tell the police how to do their work, but it is taking too long,” she continued.
Still visibly struggling to come to grips with the tragedy, Browne again stated that she regretted the day she allowed Jahan to leave her home.
Both the deceased child and his mother Lasonta were living with her until she and King separated while Jahan was still a toddler.
Initially, the 26-year-old mother had left the child in the care of his father and moved back to her mother Margaret Gill’s home.
However, Browne explained that last October, she received a call from her foster son who told her to hand over Jahan to his mother until he returned home, because he was aware that Browne had a health challenge.
“I just want a closure to this. I just want justice for Jahan,” she said.
Browne explained that King should be back in time for Jahan’s funeral, which is scheduled to take place on August 20 at St Leonard’s Church.
“I would like Jahan to have a very quiet, peaceful funeral,” she said.
Arrangements for the funeral service have almost been finalized and Jahan’s body is expected to be laid to rest on the evening of that date.