Police investigating circumstances leading to the unfortunate demise of three children in Elmina say initial assessment of the incident does not point to any foul play.
The three aged 6, 5 and 3 were found dead on Monday morning in a KIA Optima saloon car belonging to one Madam Shiny Amissah Dadziebo, Proprietor of the Holly Wood Preparatory School in Elmina. She was arrested together with her security officer but were granted bail the same day.
The children had attended church the previous day but failed to return home. Frantic efforts to trace them proved futile and a complaint was lodged with the police.
According to the Elmina District Police Commander, there is no indication of foul play assessing the facts they have gathered so far. Residents however point to ritual killings.
The commander told the honourable central regional minister, Kwamena Duncan when he visited Elmina on Tuesday that the children seemed to have been trapped in the car after they had entered it.
“When we also came to the scene, we saw that the car had already been broken into and the doors were ajar. We inspected the bodies and actually there were no marks of violence or assault on them. All the physical body parts were there. From there, we took the car together with the bodies to our district headquarters to re-examine them before sending them to the morgue."
" One of the three kids had no shirt on but the remaining two were wearing their clothes. I believe it was out of suffocation because according to the woman, when she was opening the car, she realized the back door was not properly locked so I believe that the children attempted opening the door but probably because of their ages they could not and therefore got trapped in the car.”
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The Police say the matter has been transferred to the regional police headquarters in Cape Coast due to its severity. They indicate they are awaiting autopsy reports to better ascertain the cause of death. The regional Police Commander, DCOP Paul Manly Awuni told the regional minister a strong investigation team led by the regional crime officer had been constituted to unravel the cause of the deaths.
The Honourable Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, said he was shaken when the news broke and advised parents and guardians to prevent children from moving out of home unaccompanied.
He said it would be very unfortunate if investigations confirm that the children strayed and ended up trapped in the vehicle leading to their deaths however, if there were criminals behind the act, he assured “the long arm of the law would catch up with them”.
Source: ATL FM NEWS