Kidnapped child returned
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
A family dispute which led to a three-year-old child being kidnapped in Clarendon Tuesday ended when the child was returned in exchange for a gold chain and $4,000.
A report from the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) on Wednesday said the police were following strong leads, as they continue their investigation into the matter.
Kidnapped on Valentine's Day
The CCN reports said the child was kidnapped on Valentine's Day from the Frankfield area in the parish. The police further said that the child was taken away while in the company of his aunt by a man travelling in a white car.
According to the police, within an hour of the kidnapping, a ransom of $500,000 was demanded. After several hours of negotiation, the ransom was reduced to a gold chain and $4,000. The child was released at 6:30 p.m., unhurt, at the Percy Junor Hospital gate in Spaldings.
The kidnapping of the three-year-old child pushed the number of cases reported in Clarendon to three over the past months.
Less than a month ago, the police successfully reunited a Clarendon family with their teenage son who was also kidnapped. Last year, a third child was taken from Manchester and later released in Clarendon after his family paid a ransom. The parish of Clarendon has been one of the high crime zones for the lawmen. Of the 161 murders reported last year, 89 of the victims were killed in gang-related matters.
Also, while violent crimes escalated, police records revealed that 854 persons were arrested and charged in connection with serious crimes, this is an increase when compared with the 2008 figure, which was 787.