The mother of a young woman is calling on the police to effectively investigate the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death. From what she knows, the young woman, Shailey Polanco, died from ingesting the poison gramaxone. However, she believes that Polanco’s boyfriend forced her to drink the poison. According to her, the boyfriend had a history of abusing Polanco. The incident occurred in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District, and our correspondent, Harry Arzu, brought us the details.
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Estella Polanco, the mother of 18 year old Shailey Polanco now deceased, is very much concerned about the circumstances surrounding the death of her daughter who passed away on Saturday at the Southern Regional Hospital here in Dangriga. Estella claims that her daughter was living a life of domestic abuse and lay the blame of her daughter’s demise solely on the man her daughter was living with. Due to the controversy surrounding Shailey’s death police had detained the man she was living with for two days and was later released. As a consequence of his release Shaieley’s mother is very much unhappy and dissatisfied, she spoke with Love News.
Estella Polanco, Mother of Deceased: “I saw her on Tuesday, she went at my house and told me she was hungry and I went to the store with her and got something for her- she told me her boy didn’t want her to take long so she went home back, that was the last time I saw her. I got a call and they told me that they saw my daughter running through an orchard with her two kids.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: When ?
Estella Polanco, Mother of Deceased: “That’s last week Wednesday and she was partly naked. I really don’t know what was happening but they told me it looked like some guy was chasing her to catch her and the following day my brother reached home and asked me if I had heard that my daughter drank poison. I told him no and I got ready and went to the hospital. The following day, Friday, I got ready and I came to the hospital and her boyfriend told me that she was there from Wednesday but actually we found out that it was on Thursday he took her to the hospital. He told me that she got married on Friday that is one day before she passed away.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Where did she get married ?
Estella Polanco, Mother of Deceased: “In the hospital on her dying bed. When I was talking there and the pastor was there she got up from her bed three times and told the young man ‘finish killing me.’ and he looked at me, he looked at the pastor and he hung down his head, that was the last word my daughter said. On Saturday we called the police because we didn’t see any police coming so we called the police and the police took a statement, she told the police that he choked her and she was living an abusive life, which all of us knew, but the police still did not do anything about it and now he’s out. I don’t believe he should be out. I don’t believe my daughter drank the poison by herself I believe they forced that down her throat.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Estella also recounted a previous ordeal she had to endure when her 15 year old son was shot and killed by robbers at her father’s residence on the Hummingbird Highway four years ago. A post mortem examination is yet to be conducted on Shailey’s body to determine the cause of her death.
We will keep following this story.