The Informer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Four Year Old Child Found Dead in Weala

A four year old boy identified as Joe Gbakie has been found dead in a pit in the Methodist Community in Weala Margibi County.

The little boy get drown in the nearly four feet pit on Monday, December 3, 2012 after leaving his Methodist Community residence at the hour of 10AM.

Though reason surrounding his leaving from the house is not known, the mother of little Joe, Madam Rebecca Gbakie told reporter that before the incident, Joe's brothers cooked and ate with him and later left for School.

She explained that when his brothers left, she (Rebecca Gbakie) was cooking her mother's food while the little boy was busting kernel in the sun.

"I called him to move from in the sun, I told him that he was looking for sickness," Rebecca narrated in tears. According to her, following the call, Joe left and went on the porch, adding that she left Joe and his younger brother on the porch and went to carter to her mother in the house.

Mrs. Gbakie said while catering to her mother in the room, she only heard her son sound on the pot something that prompted her to advice Joe to leave the pot as the rice was on steam.

The Lady disclosed that upon her return from the room she could no longer see the boy, so she decided to call him, noting that he answered at the back of the house.

Madam Gbakie stated that she did not go and see for herself as to whether the boy was there but she rather went ahead to dish off the food having it in mind that Joe was playing on the back porch.

She noted that after dishing out the food she again started calling the child but he could not respond, something she said she decided to carry her mother food to her before searching for little Joe only because she thought her son had gone to play with his friends as he usually does.

Rebecca said that she also had it in mind that the senior brother might have carried him to do assignment as he sometimes does, so she decided waiting for them, but unfortunately for her, she did not see the boy behind his brother thereby leaving both of them with no alternative but to look for him around.

The lady stated that Joe Gbakie could not be found up to Tuesday December 4, 2012 when she saw a crowd yelling with the boy's name coming towards her. She disclosed that the body was discovered at about 8AM with his hands on top of the water.

When asked about the location of little Joe's father, Rebecca Gbakie said, " the man left the boy very young and said he was going to hustle and since then he has not return."

For his part, the CID commander of the Weala Police Detective, Mr. William S. Cooper said a fifteen (15) men Jury team was set up by them to conduct facts finding on the body.

Mr. William further narrated that the Jurors having keenly examined the body, it was established that there was no mark on the body, as there was no foul play.

Madam Gbakie has however been charged with negligence homicide by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Liberia National Police awaiting further Police investigation.

The CID commander at the same time said they have mandated the authorities to insure that all pits be fill up with dirt to avoid reoccurrence.

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