Jamaica: Man accused of killing daughter turns self in then escapes

ROOSEVELT ‘Timmy’ Thomas, the man accused of killing his three-year-old daughter Leashay, last night escaped police custody hours after he was taken in by a pastor.

Police said last night that Thomas reported to the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station in Westmoreland and was later transferred to the Barnett Street station in St James, the parish where the crime was said to have been committed.

The accused, police said, jumped through a window and escaped shortly after he was questioned by detectives about the death of his little girl.

Leashay was reportedly taken from her mother’s home in Flower Hill, St James, by Thomas following a dispute with the child’s mother on Monday night. Police reported that they received a call from a family member who said a man purporting to be Thomas called to say he was going to commit suicide as he had killed his daughter and had thrown her body into the sea at Dump Up Beach, in Montego Bay.

Police went to the scene the same night, but returned to their base after coming up empty-handed following a search of the area. They returned to the location Tuesday morning where they spotted the body of a child, which they fished from the sea. It was later identified as Leashay.
Thomas, who had been on the run since, agreed to surrender and was taken in by the clergyman yesterday in nearby Westmoreland, but apparently had a change of heart and jumped to his freedom last night. Up to press time he was still being sought by the police.

Source: Jamaica Observer