Woman charged with murder of seven-year-old daughter

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — A 25-year-old mother who allegedly strangled her seven-year-old daughter last weekend has been charged with murder.

The woman, Deniel Rechier of Palo Seco, south of here, was due to appear in court last evening, charged with the murder of Mckenzie Hope Rechier whose body was found on a mattress at her home.

Police said they had received instructions from Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul, on Thursday, to charge the mother.

On August 20 police found the child’s body on a mattress at her home, theorising that she might have been killed a day earlier.

An autopsy later found that Mckenzie had been strangled.

A police report earlier this week had indicated that the mother had travelled to a mosque in Claxton Bay where she asked to meet the imam.

The police said the unemployed mother, who suffers from a mental disorder, told the religious leader that her daughter was unresponsive and she needed him to accompany her to their home. He went to the woman’s home and discovered Mckenzie lying on a mattress on the floor of the wooden shack she shared with her mother. She was wearing underwear and a top. Her face was swollen and there was a bruise to the left side of her neck.

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