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UPDATE: Police yet to lay charges in murder of three-year-old girl

Published:Wednesday | July 13, 2016 | 10:32 AM
Three-year-old Nevalisia Campbell who was killed in St Ann on Sunday

The police are yet to charge anyone for the murder of three-year-old Nevalisia Campbell who was killed in St Ann on Sunday.

The child went missing Saturday night and her body was found in Orange Hill, near Brown's Town, on Sunday morning with what appeared to be chop wounds.

Yesterday Alexus Newland who was the neighbour of the slain child, was questioned by the police after being named as a person of interest in relation to the case. 

Acting head of the St Mary police Superintendent Gary Francis last night told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that Newland is still in custody as he is now being treated as a suspect in the child's murder.

Meanwhile, the police have charged Nevalisia's mother, Mahalia Poyser, a 24-year-old bartender and her 30-year-old common law husband Roy Dawes, with breaches of the child Care And Protection Act.

Police investigations revealed that the slain child and her twin brother were left unattended while their mother attended a party.

Nevalisia's killing has sparked outrage from many Jamaicans including Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition leader Portia Simpson Miller who have both condemned the killing.

Yesterday Gender Affairs Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange and her opposition counterpart Lisa Hanna called for the Government to legislate harsher penalties for perpetrators of crimes against women and children.

Approximately 1,700 Jamaican children have been murdered in the past 14 years.