The mother of 17-year-old Cadeisha “Joy” Knight who was reportedly found hanging at her residence at Vauxhall, Christ Church around 9 p.m. on Friday says she does not believe her daughter took her own life.
In tears, Fiona Knight, told members of the media that the third of her four children, whom she described as a caring, loving and mannerly person, would not have done such a thing.
“I know my daughter and my daughter ain’t do this. This ain’t my daughter actions,” a grieving Knight declared, noting that she suspected foul play.
“I don’t know how them get that she hang she self? If she hang she self why the cloth ain’t wrap round she neck? Why the mark only on one side?
“How them find she in a chair sitting down like she exhausted like she now come from work? That ain’t my daughter. My daughter don’t pull that sort of act. If she pull other act she never pulled that one,” she added.
Knight explained that her daughter lived with her godmother Josalene Browne, who raised her from a young age.
“My son say he hear his sister and her boyfriend quarreling.”
Knight, who lives a short distance away from Cadeisha’s home, said she spoke to her child at minutes to 7 p.m. and she showed no signs of sadness, or that anything was wrong.
Making it clear that she cannot accept the way in which her daughter died, Knight said she will get to the bottom of her child’s death.
Meanwhile, Browne said she was hurting deeply over the loss of Cadeisha whom she took into her home following an incident, which took place when she was at a young age, and showed her the love and care that a mother should.
Browne said she was not at home when Cadeisha died. The godmother also lamented that from what she observed when she entered Cadeisha’s room where she was found dead, she could only conclude that “she ain’t do it herself”.
“Somebody do it. But God ain’t sleeping. The way how she dead and the way how it tie up, and she ain’t tall enough to do nothing so. She ain’t had to do it. She ain’t lack for nothing. She would come to me and get what she want. I send she school. I take it harder because I raised her from a baby until she was 17,” Browne said.
Repeating that she felt as though the ordeal was a dream, Knight said when one of her son’s called to inform her that Cadeisha was not breathing; she thought her daughter was having yet another asthma attack.
“When I came cross now I saw the ambulance here. So when I walk around the back now I see people there. And then the people from the ambulance say ‘you is the mother?’ and I say ‘yes I am”. Them say ‘we are the people from the ambulance and we want to talk to you’. I say, ‘my daughter had an asthma attack?’ and them say ‘no’.
“I say, ‘what happen with she?’ and them say ‘come in and we will talk to you’. When I come in and I sit down the man told me they checked for her pulse and they checked for her oxygen and two other things he said that they checked for and all four was absent,” Knight said.
She continued: “I was like, ‘how you mean all four absent, what you trying to tell me?’ He said, ‘all four absent, even her heartbeat absent’. I say, ‘I still don’t understand what you trying to tell me’. He said, ‘what we trying to tell you is that there are no signs of life’. And I was like she in a coma? So then I turn to my son and I tell my son ‘this is a dream?’ and my son ain’t answer. My son was speechless from the time I got there until an hour after’.
Cadeisha, who attended Wilkie Cumberbatch and Princess Margaret Secondary, aspired to become a nurse. Browne said the teenager was awaiting entry to the Barbados Youth Advanced Corps programme.
Police have launched an investigation into the unnatural death. (AH)