Homicide detectives up to late yesterday were probing the death of a six-year-old Laventille boy whom they strongly suspect was beaten to death by a close male relative. The boy was identified as Josiah Governor, of Herman Scott Trace, St Paul Street, East Dry River, Port-of-Spain. Investigators believe the boy was repeatedly beaten with a wooden whip prior to his death. Police first learned of the boy's death at about 3 pm yesterday after officers held the relative walking with the boy's lifeless body in his arms, metres away from the Besson Street Police Station. Investigators said they were informed by the man the boy fell through a window in his home and he was on the way to the Port-of-Spain General to seek medical attention.However, senior police officers said officers became suspicious when they noticed marks of violence on the boy's body.
Police detained him and rushed Governor to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police sources said Governor's body looked quite small for a boy of his age and believed he looked mal-nourished. Up to late yesterday, the man and a female relative were being question at the police station by Cpl Charles and officers of the Region One Homicide Bureau of Investigations. The female relative is not a suspect, police said When the T&T Guardian visited Governor's humble home, residents expressed shock over the boy's death. Almost all the residents revealed the boy and his female relative were physically abused by the male relative on many occasions in the past.
When interviewed by the T&T Guardian, neighbours claimed to have witnessed the boy "flying" through the window of the home before landing on the rocky ground almost 12 feet below.
"The man was beating the child and then throw him out the window. I can't believe he do that," several neighbours claimed. "That boy use to get plenty licks from that man. He use to get beat for simple things like homework and playing too much," one female neighbour, who wished to remain unidentified, said. Other neighbours also claimed Governor suffered months of abuse at the hands of the relative. "That man (the male relative) not welcomed up here again. You can't kill little children and women. That not right," several residents shouted. Governor's body was taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, where a post-mortem is expected to be conducted on Monday. Detectives said they would wait until the results of the autopsy until they officially determines whether Governor's death was a murder. However they noted that his relative would be kept in police custody until the results of the autopsy were released.