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17-month old girl raped; fights for her life

March has been designated as Child Stimulation Month and while that is so, yesterday saw three infants affected by criminal activities.  In the first instance, a heinous crime was committed upon a seventeen-month female child on Wednesday evening. Police were alerted to the case sometime after five o’clock on Wednesday evening when they were summoned to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of the Crime Investigation Branch in Belize City spoke of the incident.

ASP Alejandro Cowo, – Head, Crime Investigation Branch Belize City

“And upon making checks at the hospital they were informed that there was a minor with several bruises to the body and apparently the minor had been sexually molested. The minor had to be rushed to the ICU unit because of the condition that the minor was in. They were not in a position to do any medical examination however we know that the minor is still presently admitted to the pediatric ward in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.”

Our news team visited the village where the incident is reported to have taken place. There we learned a different version of the events leading up to the child’s hospitalization. According to persons close to the family, the child is normally in the care of the suspect’s mother who resides in the same village. They say sometime around four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon; the child reportedly began having convulsions and was foaming from her mouth. The suspect’s mother chartered a vehicle to transport the child to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital while her son took a bus to meet the child’s mother in Belize City, where she was working at the time. We are told that at the KHMH, the child’s biological father was the only one allowed in the examination room, but the family understands that at that time the child was not showing any signs of bleeding.  They could not tell us how the child ended up in the condition she is in, fighting for your young life. We attempted to get official word from the family but they declined to comment. Police have one person detained at the Ladyville Police Station. Police and personnel from the Department of Human Services are on the case.