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Mother shot dead allegedly by three-year-old son in Clarendon

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2015 | 4:58 PMShanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

The Clarendon police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 28-year-old woman allegedly by her three-year-old son.

The incident happened sometime around 3 o'clock in the quiet rural community of Nairne Castle in James Hill, Clarendon, shattering the usual Saturday afternoon solitude.

The deceased, identified as Rhea Ricketts otherwise called 'Lucky', was pronounced dead at the Spaldings Hospital in Manchester. 

She  had one bullet wound to the forehead.

Ricketts lived in Spanish Town, St Catherine but was in Clarendon to pick up the three-year-old child and his one-year-old brother after spending the Easter holidays with their grandmother.

The police say the firearm used in the shooting belongs to the child's father who is a cop based in St Catherine.

It's reported that the father, having worked last night, was taking a nap after transporting Ricketts to Clarendon to pick up the children.

He had reportedly placed the gun underneath his pillow before he went off to sleep.

Meanwhile, Junior Ricketts, the elder brother of the deceased said he was on his way to the house when he saw a family member overwhelmed with tears. 

He said he enquired what was wrong and was told that Rhea had been shot by the three-year-old boy.

The police have swabbed the child's hands and have taken his clothes for forensic examination.

At the house where the incident happened, there was uncontrollable weeping up to late this evening when a Gleaner team visited.