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Baby killer sentenced to 10-years

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A St Catherine man charged with the 2014 murder of a three-year-old girl who was left in his care, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Adrian Powell, 24-year-old labourer of Duncan's Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine, pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter when he appeared in the St Catherine Circuit on Wednesday.

In sentencing Powell to imprisonment at hard labour, Justice Nicole Simmonds des-cribed the crime as a cruel act that caused the demise of little Dwayno Cooper of Riverton City and Duncans' Pen , St Catherine.

The court was told that Dwayno's mother had fallen on hard times and had asked Nadine Baker to keep her child. On August 3, 2014, Baker left Dwayno in the care of her sons Powell and his brother Shane, while she left for work. It was reported that the child refused to say her prayers and the brothers decided to punish her by hanging her from a door. She later fell and became unresponsive.

The brothers then took her body and buried it in a shallow grave some distance away.

When Baker returned, she was told what had occurred, but she failed to report the matter to the police.

REPORTED DISAPPEARANCE

The court heard that for eight months, Dwayno's mother kept calling and enquiring about her. She was given various excuses by the trio until she decided to report the disappearance of her daughter to the police.

During their investigations, the police were taken to the burial spot by Baker and her son, Shane, where the skeletal remains were found.

The three were charged with the child's death, with Shane and Baker taken into custody while Adrian fled the community.

Baker was subsequently sentenced to 10 years' imprison-ment for misrepresenting a felony, while Shane was found guilty of for manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years last year.

Adrian eluded the police for some time before he was captured last September.