Child mystery

Disappearance of three siblings baffles St Philip community

What would cause two average teenaged girls and their baby brother to go missing in the middle of the night?

That’s the question on the minds of residents at #7 Chapel Land, St Philip, following the mysterious disappearance over the weekend of Rianna Daniesha Toppin, Mercedes Disire Bibby, both 13 years old, and their two-year-old brother Caleb Joshua Toppin.

The three children have since been traced, and were being questioned by members of the Royal Barbados Police Force today, along with their parents.

Though residents are relieved the children were found, they are shocked at the possibility someone might have taken them and mystified about where they could have been.

When Barbados TODAY visited the area this afternoon, residents were reluctant to speak on the matter.

However, a gentleman who identified himself as Andre Toppin, a cousin of the three siblings, said he was at a loss as to where they could have gone.

Andre Toppin

“They left to go to the supermarket around the corner. They were here one minute and the baby was here with the father. They said they were going to the supermarket and took the baby with them.

“And it seems like someone stopped [in a vehicle] that one of them knew, who comes around here or something, and they didn’t return. Some said they went up Bushy Park to the Festival of Speed over the weekend but we really don’t know,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Toppin said the two teens were not troublesome girls. In fact, he said they hardly left home, which made their disappearance “even more strange”.

“They lack for nothing; they live good with everyone. So I would really like to know what happened. I hope [police] get to the bottom of it soon and find out where they went,” he added.

He said the situation had the close-knit community in a state of bother and searching for answers.

“From the time I turn in the gap Saturday night I knew something was wrong. Everyone was out in the road talking but I never imagined I would hear the girls were missing. They don’t even go out so, so I really don’t know,” he said, shaking his head.

Toppin was however relieved they were found and back home safe and sound.

“I would still like to see them home soon. I’m glad they’re safe but I want to see them home so they could talk to me and tell me where they went and what happened to them. I feel they would talk to me,” he added.

One of the girl’s siblings Dequon Toppin, who was present at the time of the interview, said, “I’m just glad they found my sisters safe and I want them to come home.”

Another gentleman, who identified himself only as the girls’ great-uncle, said the teenagers were not troublesome and loved dressing up.

“They don’t give no trouble. They’re mannerly, but they loved putting on nice clothes, usual girl things,” the elderly man said.

Another resident, who asked not to be identified, said she only knew the girls by seeing them on their way to and from school.

“I don’t get into anything with anyone like that. I only see them going school there and coming back. They would say ‘good morning’ or ‘good evening’ and go on. I never see them giving any trouble or anything like that,” she added.

Investigations into the disappearance of the three children are continuing. However, the RBPF today thanked the public and the media for their assistance so far.

davandrababb@barbadostoday.bb

19 Responses to Child mystery

  1. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan October 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    The children can speak so I’m sure they will tell the Police everything

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  2. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor October 17, 2017 at 12:21 am

    LOL … Talk to u? Let u expose dem bidness? Stupse….

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    • Taurus Bull
      Taurus Bull October 17, 2017 at 1:41 am

      You got me dying with this remark.

      Reply
  3. Iona Sobe-Mose
    Iona Sobe-Mose October 17, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Thankful that they were found

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  4. Shane Castillo
    Shane Castillo October 17, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I find that a lot of teen going missing in Barbados to often and found three week or few days later . The Question I ask my self is were did they go , who they hiding from are running from , I believe that if a teen has been reported missing within the twenty four hour period they should get check by a doctor ,after they have been found . the parents , guardian or care takers always say they return home safely to the media , know one know exactly if they got rape molest buggard , it may not be John public business that any of this happen how ever , the parents , guardian or care takers should make it their business to do so in the present of a doctor and a police officer
    Don t you think ?

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  5. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis October 17, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Child mystery? 3 children become child mystery?

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  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 17, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I’m sure they is more to this story than just 3 kids going missing in the middle of the night but in typical fashion public will never know.

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  7. harry turnover October 17, 2017 at 6:50 am

    The children lived with their father it seems therefore the mother needs to be checked out.WHERE were they found ?
    I would say the children were under instructions from their mother

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  8. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris October 17, 2017 at 7:22 am

    And why?

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  9. Santia Rice
    Santia Rice October 17, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I’m glad they are found and alive

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  10. Aileen Smith
    Aileen Smith October 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Then it won’t be a mystery

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  11. Marita Simmons
    Marita Simmons October 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Have you tried asking them….?

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  12. Cathy-ann Gill
    Cathy-ann Gill October 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Why not ya mean

    Reply
  13. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke October 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

    What really going on with this story? They left at midnight,they went to the Supermarket, they went to the festival of speed. Parents wake up,three of your children were missing.sound like you all need to call in the FBI.

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  14. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin October 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

    This whole situation of teenage girls go n missing so every weekend…
    Needs to b checked already. …

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  15. Milli Watt October 17, 2017 at 9:33 am

    confucious says sumtin wong wid dis story…….tired a dis crowd in·dis·crim·i·nate·ly breeding and wasting precious resources wid ghetto stories and the usual surprise bout it and good children. you people need to visit the doctor and keep yuh ghetto problems in de village

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  16. Glenn Damon Clarke
    Glenn Damon Clarke October 17, 2017 at 9:36 am

    It’s a mystery that you all can’t ask the two children where the hell they went and why….

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  17. Pat BB
    Pat BB October 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Something is going on that they r running from….
    Every problem have a root, they r young children and would seldom lie….get to the bottom of it….just saying.. Hmmmm

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  18. Mags October 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I feel that there is more to this story don’t sound right. Too conflicting : leaving in the middle of night to go to supermarket hmmmm ain’t sound right at all

    Reply

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