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Sad end for a young ward - Cops yet to determine how child died in State correctional facility

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 2:00 AMAndrew Harris
The Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Catherine.
Inside the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Catherine.
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Police investigating the death of a 15-year-old ward of the State have not ruled out foul play.

The boy was found hanging in the bathroom of the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Catherine last Friday afternoon.

He was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. and his parents informed of his death.

According to the Spanish Town police, the youngster, whose name was not released up to late yesterday, was left in his room while the other children were doing recreational activities at the correctional centre.

When staff members made a check on the youngster he was found hanging from an elastic material.

Efforts to get more information from Commissioner of Corrections Ina Fairweather were unsuccessful, while Youth Minister Lisa Hanna was unable to provide any additional information.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison was also unable to provide additional information as she said her office is carrying out the necessary investigation.

"Whenever situations like these arise it's always a sad thing for us, because it means a life has been lost and also promise has been lost, because we don't know the potential that this young man could have had," said Gordon Harrison.

"It's early stage in terms of any investigation and any particular recommendation that could come out of the situation, but I have spoken with the commissioner of corrections and one of my investigators was at the facility this morning (yesterday), just to ensure that we establish not only a presence, but ask the necessary questions that need to be asked," added Gordon Harrison.