PORT OF SPAIN –– While police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of four-year-old Amaya Samuel, close circuit television (CCTV) footage has captured her last moments of life.
Little Amaya fell to her death on Sunday evening from an apartment building in Valsayn.
CCTV cameras, outfitted on the building, captured video images of the child as she was exiting an elevator on the sixth floor of the East Grove Apartment Building C Tower One in Valsayn, where she lived. The child was seen walking along the hallway, then returning to the elevator door.
After a few moments she headed towards a nearby flight of stairs and carefully began making her way down.
The video ends with the child heading towards a landing on the stairwell. Speaking yesterday with Newsday, the girl’s grandmother Maureen Samuel said she was mere metres away from the house, trying to put her grandson to sleep when tragedy struck.
The family live at the ground floor of the building and Samuel was just outside the front door.
“One of my grandchildren usually gets put to sleep at about half-past seven, but it was so hot that night that he was fussing,” said the grieving grandmother. She asked Amya to get the child’s pram, so that she could put the child to sleep.
The woman related that the four-year-old told her that she was going inside to watch a movie.
This was the last time Samuel saw Amaya alive. Amaya’s funeral is tentatively set for Friday at the Curepe Pentecostal Church at about 2 p.m. Newsday understands that an autopsy conducted at the Forensic Science Centre in St James revealed the child died from blunt force trauma and multiple internal injuries and broken bones consistent with a fall.