Police have released the parents of the three-year-old girl who was found dead in a car last week, but are now collaborating with the Department of Social Services to determine if the 44-year-old woman and 50-year-old man were adequate guardians.
“At present, we are collaborating with Social Services with regards to how the child was handled by the family,” said police press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings. She added that police are continuing their investigations into the death of the girl, who is believed to have suffocated in the car last Saturday.
Earlier this week, investigators from the Central Detective Unit (CDU) were given a 48-hour extension to question the parents. Skippings said the extension to hold the pair is for police to conduct additional inquiries. According to police reports, sometime around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, the young girl was discovered in a green 2001 Daewoo vehicle on Abner Street, off Fox Hill Road.
“Police responded and discovered the toddler in the front passenger seat of the vehicle clad in a jeans jumper and red shirt with no visual signs of trauma,” reported Sergeant Skippings. She said EMS officials pronounced the girl dead on the scene. CDU head Leon Bethell told The Nassau Guardian earlier this week that investigators were concerned about the lack of protection for the child.
He said from the way the body was discovered, it was obvious that the child was not protected, which contravenes the law. At this point, he said, investigators are working to get an autopsy of the child’s body performed to determine how to proceed with the case. In addition, he said the couple may have other children, so his officers have engaged agents from the Department of Social Services to assist in the investigations.