Police have arrested and jointly charged 35-year-old Dwayne Alistair Marshall and Lasonta Katrina Gill, 26, of Belfield, Jackson, St. Michael with the offence of manslaughter, in relation to the death of six-year-old Jahan King, formerly of the same address.
Their arrest, which comes almost ten months after Jahan’s death, follows numerous calls from Jahan’s grandmother, Margaret Gill, for justice for the former student of Lawrence T Gay Memorial School who died on June 29.
A criminal investigation was launched in August, with acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith confirming that Jahan died as a result of chest trauma.
Jahan’s death shocked the country and led to the Child Care Board (CCB) issuing a statement acknowledging that they had received reports of injuries to the child and were in the process of conducting investigations at the time of his passing.
Jahan’s body now rests in the St Leonard’s Cemetery. He was buried on August 21, nearly two months after his death, his mother among the mourners.
His father John King did not make it to his funeral as he was serving time in a Canadian jail.
However King wrote a letter to his deceased son from his jail cell, which was read at the service, sharing feelings of deep regret that he was not there for him, and could not be present to say his last goodbye.
King has since returned to Barbados and has also been calling for justice for Jahan.
The police also came in for much criticism over the seemingly slow pace of their probe, however lawmen said they needed to conduct a thorough investigation.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY following Jahan’s death, his mother, Lasonta, denied that her son was a victim of abuse, saying he suffered an asthma attack before his death.
Lasonta Gill and her boyfriend, Dwayne Marshall, will appear in the District A Magistrates Court on Monday to answer to the charge of manslaughter.