Murder victim’s toddler placed in foster care
Minister of Human Development, Dolores Balderamos Garcia, has confirmed to the media that the 18-month toddler who was found alone in Willow’s Bank has been placed in foster care. The child was found in a puddle of water in the backyard of his home, by his biological father. Moments later the boy’s mother was found stabbed to death. With the father detained by Police, and the absence of any immediate family member to take the child, the system took over, and has placed him with social services.
Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs: “Just yesterday we had the killing of a woman in Willows Bank and the little child was found in a pool of water playing. And now that child is in the care of our ministry as would have to be. That child is in need of care, the mother has just been killed. And so that, the reference I think came from the village chairlady if I’m not mistaken. And immediately we already have the child in care. I don’t know if it was a boy or a girl but – it was a boy, he was given a bath, he was given clothes, food and everything and I believe that we have him in foster care with a set of foster parents who have proven that they are good at caring for children. So we have taken immediate action within 24 hours or less, within a few hours I can say. And 24 hours later we believe that the child is well placed so that we can offer that protection because the police are still carrying out their investigation. As we would know the main priority and the main number one mantra of the entire child care system is that we do what is in the best interest of the child. Even though the biological father would have first right to that child we would have to look at whether the child would be safe. I mean, even if the person is not guilty of whatever accusation may come, and we don’t even know if that will happen yet, but even if that is the case what we would do is make that the best interests of the child are taken care of. So it’s not an automatic thing that it goes to the mother or the father or the aunt or the granny. It’s what is in the best interest of the child.”
Lead investigator into the Cleland homicide, ACP Hilberto Romero, has told Love News that they are looking in multiple angles for a motive. Perhaps the most curious part of the investigation is that three days prior to her murder, the 30-year-old woman had foretold of her death on Facebook. Since the murder, both ACP Romero and the Police Commissioner have indicated that they are in the process of confirming whether it was the victim who made the social media posts