Trinidadian school girl sexually assaulted while dying

Keyana Cumberbatch. Photo credit: Caribbean 360
Keyana Cumberbatch. Photo credit: Caribbean 360

A six-year-old schoolgirl, whose body was found in a barrel at her home on Thursday, had been sexually assaulted while unconscious and dying, according to the results of an autopsy done on Friday.

Caribbean news website, Caribbean 360, reports Trinidadian pathologist Dr. Valery Alexndradrov as saying that a blunt force trauma was the cause of the death of Keyana Cumberbatch whose body was found stuffed in a barrel in a bedroom at her home.

“She sustained massive cranial cerebral trauma, which means there was trauma to the skull and the brain and the trauma to the skull was so extensive that all the (wounds) were open,” he said, adding that before the autopsy, X- rays were done, and there were no previous fractures “.

The pathologist also told reporters that there was no immediate evidence of previous sexual abuse. However, this would be investigated further using microscopic examination. He said he could not give an approximate time of death.

According to Caribbean 360, residents became angry and called for justice as the body was being removed from the apartment at Maloney, east of Port of Spain.

Police said the smell of decomposing flesh alerted the school girl’s mother, Simone Williams, 27, to the terrible possibility that her eldest daughter’s body may have been inside  the apartment since Monday when she was reported missing while returning from the St Barbara’s Shouter Baptist Primary School, where she was a second-year pupil.

A male relative of the girl has been in police custody since Tuesday. He was arrested after residents reported to police that he was the last person to be seen with the girl prior to her disappearance.

Meanwhile, the regional news website reports, former Gender, Youth and Child Development Minister Verna St Rose Greaves, stormed the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament accusing the Kamla Persad Bissessar-led coalition government of being insensitive to the death of children. Her action forced the suspension of the Parliament for 10 minutes.

The former minister, who had been staging a one person protest outside the Parliament building, said there had been enough talk and the time had come for action to protect children.

She said the murder of the six-year old school child could have been prevented if the Children’s Authority Act was in force.
The former minister said the government continues to play games with the lives of the children and this cannot be allowed to continue.

She said Prime Minister Persad Bissessar has failed the nation’s children.

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  1. Anonymous
    December 2, 2013

    all rapist shall have their part in the lake of fire that burneth with brimstone.

    • December 4, 2013

      That is covered in Revelation 21:8. :twisted:

      Thank God for churches in the Caribbean that tell it like it is. People need to hear that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun!

      In Canada and the US we have churches and T.V. evangelists teaching “positive thinking” and “pop psycholgy” (not even good psychology!) intead of the old time gospel.

      Churches have a God given mandate to teach the commandments of God 8) and this includes God’s requirements for premarital sexual purity, and His laws against adultery and homosexualiy. Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, 1 Corinthians 6:9,10.

      Pastors are responsible to deliver God’s message and tell their congregations and communities how HE says they are to live.

      Many years have passed since that solemn Sunday morning in he City of Toronto when I knelt before
      a Senior Pastor surrounded by elders and heard him read the charge from 2 Timothy 4:1-5 at my ordination service. God forbid, but if the time ever comes when I no longer have the courage and boldness to “preach the Word” as to applies to the current problems of society I will step aside.

      We need a return to the teaching :idea: of the Word of God not only in the churches but in the homes and schools of our nations. :roll: This is the ONLY thing that will cause children to grow up to be God fearing young people and respectable adults who will avoid the gred, lust, perversion,and violence that is damaging our communities.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

      • Anonymous
        April 7, 2014

        That’ kind of brutal death an that man jus gone to jail to eat food 3 time a day. N get fat.

  2. had cor da
    December 2, 2013

    the one that kill her two daughters in dca gone free. aye people abuse rite in our back yad.

  3. December 2, 2013

    Oh la la it’s unbearable .it’s painful and I don’t know the child so wat if it was my baby girl.plz stop does things .look a mother in France killed her 15 month baby .father we need you. :cry: :cry:

  4. Truth Be Told
    December 2, 2013

    :?: I really can’t overstand,why is it that these Caribbean islands are getting so violent,especially Trinidad?I noticed whenever there’s a case of such nature in Trinidad,it’s usuall a family member.What is really happening to mankind,how could a man in his right mind do such a thing?The world is getting to be a terrible and fearful place to live in,sorry for the children coming!I also noticed that governments are getting so evil that they can’t even deal with those criminals seriously as they themselves seems to be th biggest criminals. :?:

  5. kimrah
    December 2, 2013

    that is so sad my goodness :( :( :( :(

  6. 4CARS
    December 2, 2013

    I cannot comment freely on this case; cause DNO would not let my comment survive one second. But this guy should have to pee like a lady.

  7. Write Opition Here:
    December 2, 2013

    No mister sick… I pray for justice for the little 6 year old and her mom… Trinidad, we will be watching how to handle this case….Everyone needs to step up and protect their children. It is not just the government’s job to protect your kids, it is our jobs as parents. If there are some family members you cannot trust, do not let them near your child. Period! Call us selfish. Call us what ever you want! But we need to protect our kids

  8. hmmm
    December 2, 2013

    boy i have a six year old girl and my heart bleeding :mrgreen: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

    • Anonymous
      December 2, 2013

      Me too. My princess just turned six. God be with her family in this time

    • Mr Gouty
      December 2, 2013

      Oh Jah please put a helping hand on earth. The world is upside down, nothing is good in the air these days, only Jah can wipe-out the evil from mans heart, Rip, my little girl, may Jah help your family

  9. hmmm
    December 2, 2013

    God is just… vengeance is his and he will repay.

  10. anonymous
    December 2, 2013

    sexually abused wile unconcious and dying???!!! no no no boy awa….. it hv some evil suckers out there….. tears filled my eyes reading this

  11. Anonymous
    December 2, 2013

    Let me hear from those do-gooders who believe that bringing up the age of consent to 18 is the panacea for all that is morally and criminally wrong with society. SMH and TMF(tapping my foot)!!

  12. Justice and Truth
    December 1, 2013

    It makes me angry to know what occurred to her. For God’s sake, she was only six years old and has barely commenced living. The poor child; how she suffered.
    This man is a sick person. I visualize the shock and anger of all T & T nationals of her death and the manner in which she died. May this vicious man be dealt with by the T & T Court as he deserves.
    The soul of the little girl is in the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ who loves the little children of the world and is saddened at how some of them are treated, in a manner that they do not deserve.
    Little one, you suffered enough and for your young age. You are happy with the Lord and the angels and saints. No more pain and hurt but happiness and peace. You are resting in God’s glory and love. Peace, perfect peace.

  13. Anonymous
    December 1, 2013

    what the hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    never in life should this be happening because their should be laws 4 this such shit I’m so damn upset never could this be my relative especially my sisters and my lil cousins never in life

  14. forreal
    December 1, 2013

    some one asked for the hanging of the culprit,i say no,hanging is an easy death for that S**, peel his skin of his body like a soukouyan,and mix a bucket of boudan ma jack and some high seasoning,then use a large paint brush,and paint the son of a gun.

    • forreal
      December 1, 2013

      if is not a robbery,is somebody she knew,and is nothing more than,the person was molesting her,and she must a threaten to tell on the person,this person so sick and wicked,that he would kill her.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 1, 2013

      You know in the democratic world, this type of punishment will never occur. He deserves capital punishment by hanging to immediately go to his eternal judgment where his despicable act on an innocent child will condemn him to Satan’s cauldron of everlasting fire – Hell.
      As it is, he has already condemned himself. If he is not isolated, the T & T prisoners may deal swiftly with him. Generally, prisoners have a code, no exception in Canada, “Do not molest and kill children.” They will murder the perpetrator if he is among them.

  15. Time for Change
    December 1, 2013

    Children do not deserve to endure such pain and brutality…..they are so innocent

  16. December 1, 2013

    :?: je suis triste pour cette enfant la loi est ou pour protéger les enfants quelle repose en pais

  17. rona
    December 1, 2013

    R.I.P. baby girl, safe now in the arms of Jesus

  18. FIRE........FIRE....
    December 1, 2013

    I see no reason why the family allowed this child photo to be posted..she is a minor….for crying out loud.

  19. D
    December 1, 2013

    well if it was my six year old i will be preparing for hell all now as a result of what I would have already done to him, because i would not leave it up to the law for justice. It will be in my hands. I am sorry. my heart aches for her mother.

  20. D
    December 1, 2013

    well if it was my six year old i will be preparing for hell all now as a result of what I would have already done to him, because i would not leave it up to the law for justice. It will be in my hands. I am sorry.

  21. valda Bruno Durand
    December 1, 2013

    six years old? man the police need to release you into that community. The rest will be history.

    • Write Opition Here:
      December 2, 2013

      Thank you!

  22. da_person
    December 1, 2013

    God was sleeping? She is innocent, ehonprotects her?

    December 1, 2013

    Why should a human being do such a thing to a defenseless baby girl? Parents always keep an eye on your beloved ones,especially at that age.

  24. Dcapossie
    December 1, 2013

    Sounds demonic.

  25. bb
    November 30, 2013

    :cry: may her sweet soul rest in eternal peace

  26. Mega
    November 30, 2013

    This is when you hang that suspect in a public square on full display for everyone to see!

  27. gmmm
    November 30, 2013

    These ppl behave like animals.

    • MeCamem
      December 1, 2013

      Sorry gmmm. Animals kill to eat. I have never seen, on the Nature Channel, an animal rape or kill for no other reason than survival. Yes the lion and the hyena are bitter enemies because the both have to fight for the same food source within the same space.

      We are the ones who do not behave like animals.

  28. Anonymous
    November 30, 2013

    :cry: :cry: :cry: :( :( :(

  29. jane messam
    November 30, 2013

    It is very sad when this beautiful caribbean have sank to this level. For the person responsible for this heinous crime. I hope that little girl’s face haunt you for the rest of your life. Wherever you go and whatever you do I hope you see her face until that same face drives you in sane. You are a very wicked indiviual.

  30. artfield
    November 30, 2013

    What can be on a 6 year old that can attract such a sex deranged a*****e like that? No child abuser should be allowed to live and enjoy the same air as those children.
    The men in that village should hold him and fix his a** for good. I am so frigging upset.

  31. Anonymous
    November 30, 2013

    My God. :cry: This is just unbelievable. This is a sick and tormented soul who does not deserve any form of justice. A six year old child?!!!

  32. texan
    November 30, 2013

    Pooooor baby, rip.

  33. Cyrique
    November 30, 2013

    What’s even more distressing is that the evil monster is the deceased child’s relative. Whom can you trust ??? Rest in peace little angel. No one can hurt you now. The Angels will take care of you. God bless you.

  34. alas
    November 30, 2013

    truly this is a rather disturbing event but God will deal with this molester/murder- a very sick person I might add.

    this should serve as a reminder to us all to keep our children safe from perpetrators of this sort of misdeed.

    Lord surround your children and heal those who have been hurt by such cruelty.

  35. dee
    November 30, 2013

    Only a heartless monster will hurt and killed a six years old may he rot in jail. It really hurts my heart. May God strenghten he family at this momment of grief.

  36. sam
    November 30, 2013

    such a bad thing for someone to do to a six year old only a wicked brat would do that i wish that person would suffer and die.

  37. raindrops
    November 30, 2013

    so sad dear God please give her family strength

  38. Anonymous
    November 30, 2013

    so sad and wicked for someone to do that to a 6 year old only a heartless person would do that

  39. dorcas
    November 30, 2013

    condolences to the family on the untimely passing of this young girl.

  40. For the Children
    November 30, 2013

    Always a relative and a close family friend! My suspicions were confirmed while I was reading. She was unconscious while the brute was raping her so she did not feel what he did to her. Tears, Tears, Tears! I can hardly see the PC screen. Give the children more care and attention. Let us protect them. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

  41. nits
    November 30, 2013

    whoever did this needs to be hung by the balls!! This is unbelievable!! Poor child…very sad..this person sure doesn’t have a heart.

  42. Anonymous
    November 30, 2013

    poor child that killer will kill more children

  43. Anonymous
    November 30, 2013

    The story is poorly written though…. had to read it twice to get it right. Anyway sad news and really sorry to hear. May he rot in jail.

  44. allisha andrew
    November 30, 2013


    I got through once suffered with my family to the family of the child accept my deepest condolence

  45. Toomatoe Tomato
    November 30, 2013

    This is so very sad. How this little girl must have suffered.

    As for that former Minister I have not read in the article what she had done to protect the children as a former Minister. A child is dead – let the family grieve for their child before politics and offer your condolences.

    There is a time and place for everything. How could Trinidad’s Prime Minister prevent that terrible crime even if the laws were in place?

    Should she have had that child in her care? Should she take away all children from their parents and she raise them herself or put them somewhere and the government take care of them?

    Apart from throwing the book on those who abuse children how do one prevent these crimes. We have to be sensible and sensitive at times like these.

  46. toni
    November 30, 2013

    alleged to be a family member…my heart hurts….he is helping with the investigation

  47. Tri-State Beauty
    November 30, 2013

    In tears. RIP angel…

    HANG HIM after a public flogging and castration!!!

    • December 3, 2013

      I am aware of the fact that crimes like this are happening in the Caribbean. Sad to say they are also happening in the US and Canada. Maybe more so.

      These things are on the increase world wide. They are so evil and so absolutely vile there are no words to describe them. People should know that the Bible tells us “This know also that in the last days perlous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, WITHOUT NAURAL AFFECTION…” (2 Timothy 3:1-3)

      This is the human condition. The increase of crimes that result from the lack of “natural affection” (this is the lack of mormal love for one’s own children and family members) are a sign that the end of the age is drawing near. (This is the end of “the age” not of the world. It means the end of this present system or order of things.)

      I would like to make the following comments for your consideration.

      (1) One only has to read the comments following this DNO story to realise that all law abiding parents in the Caribbean love their children and are stricken with grief and rage. The Caribbean folks are usually sensible and solid. The apparent increase of violence on certain islands is a matter of concern.

      (2) My own country abolished the death penalty in he 1970’s under the rule of a Roman Catholic Prime Minister with socialist leanings who also decriminalized homoseuality. Now in Canada when such a gruesome rape/murder of a child takes place we can not seek the death penalty.

      (3) If you live in a democatic nation you have a right to know where your political candidates stand on social issues before you vote. You have the priviledge of nominating and voting for those who stand for God’s righteous laws; the people who you believe will do the best job of keeping crime down and keeping your people safe.

      (4) When God gave the Old Testamnt law to the Nation of Israel He included strong laws to govern sexual behavior. The nation was warned against illicit sexual practices. God said “LEST THE LAND BE FILLED WITH VIOLENCE.” The answers to the worst crimes of violence (blood shed and murder) will not come from the behavioral sciences of psychology, sociology, and criminology. The answers are in the Word of God – the BIBLE! Until the nations return to God and take seriouly what HE says about pre-marital sex, commonlaw relationships, extra-marital sex, homosexualiy, and the time proven values of chastity, and virginity, violence will continue to increase. Behavioral scientists will let out an educated howl and say they find no connection between the two. But the terrible truth is that both problems (sexual sin AND violence) are found together. They are joined at the hip. Where ONE is at a minimum BOTH are at a minimum. Where ONE is plentiful BOTH are plentiful. Investigate a crime of violence and murder. In most cases you will an illicit sexual relationship somewhere in the mess.

      (5) Bible believing, Christ centered, gospel preaching churches have much to offer. They are not perfect. Neither are our schools, hospitals, governments, or other institutions perfect, but try to run a country without them! Churches that fulfill their mandate to teach God’s moral standards are a help to the families that attend. If you raise your children with that kind of influence I can’t guarrantee they will never have a problem but it will make a difference. Parents should teach their children at home the right way to go. But parents today need all the extra help they can get to keep their children on “the straight and narrow.” The church comes along side them and provides that extra help. It’s not only what the kids hear from the pulpit. Many churches have a Sunday School, a Youth Group, a camp, and other activities.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, D.D., Pentecostal Evangelist.

  48. syl
    November 30, 2013

    That’ s sad very very sad poor child to kill an innocent that grusome. I wish whoever did this never see day light ever again.

  49. Neg
    November 30, 2013

    Poor child, your killer should ROT in jail

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