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  • The Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, MP has expressed great sadness over news of the killing of a two year old boy in Lewis, St Ann yesterday.
  • It was reported that the perpetrator had become enraged following an altercation in the community and moved from yard to yard where he injured several men and killed little Jaheim Cooper.
  • The suspect, who was thought to be struggling with mental illness, has been arrested.

The Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, MP has expressed great sadness over news of the killing of a two year old boy in Lewis, St Ann yesterday.

The toddler, his father, and other members of their community were attacked by a man with a knife.

It was reported that the perpetrator had become enraged following an altercation in the community and moved from yard to yard where he injured several men and killed little Jaheim Cooper.

Minister Hanna said:

“I am very sad and heart-broken by this incident which has claimed the life of Jaheim Cooper.  He was just a boy ,an innocent and defenceless boy, who really had nothing to do with what was taking place in his community.  I want to express my regrets and condolences to the family. The entire nation shares the pain and the grief. I also wish a speedy recovery for Jaheim’s father and the others who were injured in the ordeal.”

The suspect, who was thought to be struggling with mental illness, has been arrested.

Minister Hanna said the tragedy brings into focus the necessity for the nation to change the way it deals with mental illness. She said that was one of the aims

of the soon to be established Therapeutic Centre for children which would, among other things, focus on addressing mental health challenges and behavioural issues as soon as they are identified.