Less than two months after losing their mother to a vicious knife attack, some of Cally-Ann Gill’s children appear to be coping quite well with their loss.
Gill was stabbed to death two days before Christmas, allegedly by her boyfriend and the father of all but one of her children.
This evening, four of the seven children got off the school bus and ran straight into the arms of their paternal grandmother Althea Hinds as she stood outside their Crab Hill, St Lucy home awaiting their return from school.
Their dog Brown Boy, who family members say has shown a keen interest in the children since their mother died, was also there to greet them at the nearby bus stop and walked beside them all the way home.
They were smiling and excited to see their legal guardian who they affectionately call “mummy” or “momma”. The woman had pledged the day after their mother was killed that she would care for and nurture them for as long as she was able to.
“My life is for them. The children ain’t doing bad. Dem ain’t lacking in dem school work. They go to church the same way and come home and do their homework.
“You know when children ain’t got no father or mother they would draw up [but] not them. I ain’t got no problem with the children,” she told Barbados TODAY.
Gill, 35, collapsed and died at the back door of a small wooden house positioned through a track, at her Farm Road, St Peter residence after being stabbed on December 23. Her boyfriend Alliston Greaves has since been remanded for her murder.
Gill’s four-month-old baby boy who was in the house at the time of the attack was handed over to the Child Care Board (CCB) by police and is now at a children’s home.
Hinds said the CCB has also placed Gill’s two-year-old girl at a home, explaining that since she works she would be unable to care for the child when her siblings were at school. Gill’s eldest child has a different father with whom he lives.
“They say that I still working and they say they taking her [the two-year-old] for six months. I don’t know what will happen at the end of the six months but I want her here with the rest. I take them to see her and the [baby] boy every Sunday. When we leaving she would cry because she want to come,” Hinds explained, adding that she was still awaiting word from child protection agency on whether the baby would be handed over to the family.
The grandmother said despite the loss of their mother and the incarceration of their father, the children were showing affection towards each other.
“They are loving, kind and always together. And as I say, I ain’t sending one yonder, and the other one yonder. I ain’t sending none no way, they all staying here with me. They were always here with me,” she declared.
In the process of preparing an evening meal for her grandchildren, Hinds said she had been receiving assistance from a few kind-hearted Barbadians.
“I want to thank all those who assisted [with my] grandchildren. The help goes a long way and I am very grateful and them [the children are] thankful too. I mean they need things, but I trying.
“I would give my all for them. Mummy ain’t around and daddy ain’t around and I giving my all for them. Dem belong to me,” Hinds said, as she watched the free-spirited children running around and playing with Brown Boy.
Hinds said she visited her son in prison last week and he appeared to have accepted his fate.