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police have confirmed that a
woman in her early 40s has con-
fessed to Monday s murder of her
estranged common-law hus-
band s four-year-old daughter,
who was beheaded and her body
dumped in a sinkhole in Duan-
vale, ironically as the world cel-
ebrates Childs Month.
"She has admitted knowledge
of it," a high-ranking police officer
told the Observer on Wednesday
night, refusing to give details.
The deceased has been identified
as Natasha Brown, a student of
the Duanvale Basic School.
The entire community was
plunged into shock and anxiety
Monday after it was discovered
that little Natasha did not report
for school that day, even though
she had left home for the institu-
The police, who initiated an
Ananda alert after they were sum-
moned, subsequently---along with
residents---launched a search in
the deep rural community. It was
later announced that a small
human frame was spotted in a
sinkhole, located in a rugged terrain
in a section of the community
called Faith Avenue, which is only
accessible by foot.
Efforts were then made to fish
the body from the sinkhole.
But the team, comprising fire
fighters, the police and residents,
later abandoned the mission and
returned Wednesday morning at
about 8.30 am. About an hour
later, the dismembered body was
retrieved, with the assistance of
community member, Marvin Gros-
sett, who snaked his way down
the hole, estimated to be about 25
Grosset who recounted his
adventure to members of the
media, noted that after he reached
the bottom of the hole he saw
the infant's head beside a black
plastic garbage bag in which the
child's torso was concealed. He
said he placed the head into the
bag and worked his way out of
Armed with the bag with the
body, he was greeted with loud
cheers from community members
who lined up outside the police
tape which cordoned off the area.
Some of the curious onlookers
stood on the roofs of buildings
overlooking the crime scene, while
others thronged the streets.
But, while Grosset was greeted
as a hero, the community members
on the other hand, branded the
suspect as a villain.
There was much anger directed
at her from the large gathering of
irate residents who lined the streets
outside the area cordoned off by
Among the disgruntled mem-
bers of the community who direct-
ed venom at the woman in custody
was Natasha's distraught father,
Ewan Brown, who disclosed that
he and the suspect had broken up
about four months ago, after a
relationship spanning 16 years.
Four years ago, Natasha was
born out of a relationship with
another woman in the communi-
ty.He admitted there was not much
love lost between the two women
but he didn't expect that it would
have resulted in Natasha's grue-
"If a problem was there---
nobody don't want to die---but it
would be better if she had attacked
whether me or her (Natasha's)
mother who can defend ourselves.
But when you go tek the pickney
and murder her, that a wicked-
ness," he said.
Other members of the commu-
nity who were in a state of mil-
itancy, demanded blood.
"Carry her (the suspect) come
give wi, and mek wi tie her up on
light post and beat her," said a
Another man stated: "Police
come too quick. Them should
allow wi with her mek wi put her
in a tyre and light her."
Relationship ends after 16 years
Community members claimed that
the suspect was seen holding Natasha's
hand when she was on her way to
school about 8.30 am Monday morn-
"She trailed the pickney and kid-
napped her while she was walking in
a track in the community," one man
Another member of the crowd said
that the suspect, who was seen carrying
a garbage bag late Monday, declared
that she was carrying a pig in the bag.
Residents also alleged that on Mon-
day, the accused woman asked a butch-
er in the community how he felt when
he slaughtered a pig.
Natasha's mother was unavailable
for a comment, but her maternal grand-
mother, Marlene Shaw, expressed shock
and disbelief at the gruesome act.
Woman beheads ex-lover's child, 4
Ewan Brown, father of the victim.
Onlookers gather outside the crime scene where four-year-old Natasha Brown
was dumped in a sinkhole in her Duanvale community after she was reportedly
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