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A mother’s pain … six-year-old found dead in sewage water

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 1:26 PM
The body of missing six-year-old Oshane Banton was found at a pump house in Lionel Town, Clarendon last night.

Annika Davidson, mother of six-year-old Oshane Banton, now has more questions than answers surrounding the death of her son, whose body was discovered in sewage water at a pumphouse in Lionel Town, Clarendon.

Davidson could not contain her tears as she recalled her last moments with her child.

She stated that she was hurrying to go and look about business in May Pen, when Oshane came in the bathroom to take a shower.

After getting dressed, she noted that Oshane hurriedly donned a merino and an underpants, asking if he could accompany her to May Pen.

“Mi sey, yuh nah go baby, him sey yuh can carry mi wid yuh, and mi sey mi soon come,” Davidson related.

At that point Oshane enlisted the aid of his grandmother, Donnaree Roberts Davidson, to plead his case to go with her.

“Mi madda sey 'no man, a May Pen, she a guh, she soon come',” Davidson said, before breaking down once more.

Davidson described her son as a fun-loving child that always made her smile. She added that he was a joy to her father, who always prayed for a grandson. 

A student at Watsonton Primary in Lionel Town, Oshane harboured dreams of being a policeman or a soldier. He bragged about growing up to take care of his mother, his sister and his grandparents.

Davidson said Oshane's biggest dream was to travel the world.

"Him always say 'fi travel you need a passport and a ticket and I don’t have that', and mi correct him by telling him that him already had a passport, so he would only need a ticket," he said.

“I had plans to let us travel one day…” she said, trailing off again as grief assailed her.

Davidson said she returned from May Pen Friday at about four in the afternoon and realised that Oshane was missing,

When no one could account for his whereabouts, a report was made to the police and a search launched. She said she was unprepared for Saturday’s gruesome discovery of his body in the sewage water.

“If dem did kill mi pickney and put him inna car trunk and leave him a mi yard, memba mi tell you at least mi coulda rub dung him small face and him neck and mi coulda sey alright, mi a imagine him a smile, but dem kill mi pickney and throw him inna sh*t water and dispose of him,” she wailed.

Although an investigation is still being carried out on the incident by the police, Davidson has ruled out any thought that her son drowned or of his death being accidental.

“A nuh accident dat. The pump house lock up over deh wid key,” she said.

“Mi six-year-old. Mi nuh live bad wid nobody, mi nuh trouble nobody, mi nuh owe nobody nuttin fi sey dem a torture him fi mi. Every day mi talk to him and sey OJ, you nuh do nuh badness, dem wi teck you life, don’t go inna gang…” Davidson said in between tears.

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