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Couple accused of hiding girl under cellar for court today

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Gerald Campbell, 42-year-old labourer of Windsor, and his common-law wife, 42-year-old shopkeeper Melody Murphy, are to face the St Ann's Bay Resident Magistrate's Court today on a charge of negligence at common law.

The two were charged yesterday after the police discovered Campbell's daughter living in the cellar of his home in subhuman conditions in Windsor, on the outskirts of St Ann's Bay.

The discovery was made last Thursday after residents of the area reported to the police that a woman was seen in the cellar.

The young woman, who is suspected to be mentally and/or physically challenged, was removed to the St Ann's Bay Hospital by the police, with assistance from the Child Development Agency.

Reports suggest that the woman was kept in the cellar because of her condition.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse is in charge of investigations.