Antiguan woman kills granddaughter for sneaking out at night

A jury in Antigua has returned a guilty verdict in the trial of a woman who beat her granddaughter to death for sneaking out of the house late at night.

Millicent Cornwall-Roberts, 68, was found guilty of manslaughter on Thursday after being on trial for a week and a half, reports the Antigua Observer.

According to reports, 18 year old Jael Thomas snuck out the house and returned in the wee hours with two boys.

When she got home, her grandmother was waiting.

Prosecutors say Cornwall-Roberts beat the girl with a large stick and caused her feet to be fractured, ears to be damaged and a severe cut from which she bled to death.

Witnesses said the girl was screaming during the beating and they saw the woman drag her from the gate and into the All Saints house where she was later found dead in her room.

The dead girl’s mother, Vashti Cornwall said she found her daughter bloodied, with cuts and her underwear was soaked in urine.

Cornwall said the accused cleaned up a blood trail which led from the kitchen to the room where the girl died.

The jury deliberated for five hours before returning a guilty verdict.


  1. 5.20.100
    July 15, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    If you can’t take it anymore it’s better to simply put them out…

    1. Anonymous
      July 16, 2017 at 12:59 am

      You need to be put out of society

  2. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    The girl is eighteen put her out

  3. Sad
    July 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    She deserves the death penalty

  4. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Why is the grandmother who had to take the responsibility of raising the child. Where the child’s parents. .she was grown doing grown stuff should have put her out

    1. Anonymous
      July 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      That doed not jutify a beating child can spend time at grannys house i did it too.

  5. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Unbelievable! She deserves the same done to her.

    1. Jane
      July 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Caribbean Islanders! for many generations have abused their parental rights. Many parents, have physically mentally and emotionally abused their children to the point of death. This grandmother deserved life in prison. We are living in an information age where every information is available to us at the click of a mouse and yet we are so dam ignorant. My heart goes out to this young woman. What a brutal way to die at the hand of a mother who protest to love you. That was uncontrollable anger. Her heart was distorted with rage.

  6. wow
    July 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    SMH. Did it not strike as odd ppl the amount of time between the crime and the conviction. If it was Lucia this would be dragging on. So no neighbour run to the girl’s rescue. And if she can sneak out y could she not run. Anyways granny u should be hang.

    1. Anonymous
      July 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Hello the incident occurred in 2014

      1. Anonymous
        July 18, 2017 at 1:07 pm

        So 2014 and y now it’s being delaborated on? Makes no sense to drag something into the present the real issue now is to ensure that this doesn’t happen again

      2. Anonymous
        July 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

        Wow that long but why they put it out there now smh .

  7. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Granny should be hanged by her clit with a big fishing huck until she die

    1. Anonymous
      July 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Ummmm don’t you think she would drop down before she died? It would have just tear The female clitoris is not that strong to hold someone up

      1. Dasheen
        July 16, 2017 at 4:22 am

        Yeah i figured this commentary is not familiar with female parts

      2. Dre'
        July 17, 2017 at 5:23 am

        It’s just a saying, what’s wrong with u people.

    2. Noni juice
      July 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm


  8. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    That was a big girl why did she beat her so badly to cause her death,that’s not right she deserves to be locked up for 25 years surely she will die in jail , because she is now 62 omgg.

  9. Wow
    July 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    That’s alot of anger there. This grandmother seemed to be very frustrated but it gave her no right to enact such an atrocity. Her underwear was soaked in blood. I wonder what kind of wound that was…. Utterly horrible.

    1. Anonymous
      July 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Can u not read properly? Because the news clearly stated that her underwear was soaked in urine not blood, anyway it happens, our eyes see what our brain wants to see

      1. Anonymous
        July 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm


    2. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Soaked in urine. The bloody trail was on the floor, from kitchen to bedroom

  10. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Shame and guilt cause people to behave in such ignorant ways. As parents/care-givers we sometimes act as if we hate our children. We can discipline without being so babaric. How sad.

  11. Pastor Aristide
    July 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    What is happening with my brothers and sisters of today? It is no secret what’s happening, Jesus is coming soon. I believe they should have this lady to stay with the dead for seven days in her eyes.

    1. Noni juice
      July 16, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Uzza obeah man or what?

      1. Dre'
        July 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

        Yeah what the hell does that mean anyway? You’re a pastor? let me know which church so I can run far away from it.

    2. Dre'
      July 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Yeah what the hell does that mean anyway? You’re a pastor? let me know which church so I can run far away from it.

    3. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 8:52 am


  12. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Everybody who has lived on the face of this earth had heard the words; Jesus is coming soon. But some of us know better. For this young girl and many billions before her – Jesus did come soon.

  13. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    *has heard

  14. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Thats second degree murder.

  15. Tb
    July 15, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Wow. 18 the girl old enough to do what she wants once she respects you.

  16. sharon terrell
    July 15, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Some like it Hot some like it cold.Some parents tolerate slackness whiles some don’t.I would just put her out and she’s 18,because you sneak out and you eighteen.Why you have to sneak out at 18,and you coming home with 2 boy’s.Next.Grandmother was jealous she 62 and aintgetting no daddy long john.and her Grand daughter getting from 2 dudes Lol.

    1. Anonymous
      July 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Coming home with two boys doesn’t means she had the two of them. They could be friends I am a female and I have make friends. Besides that his strong this granny be really a mean maybe she didn’t want to retaliate against her grandmother but ur an adult when ur 18

      1. Dre'
        July 17, 2017 at 5:44 am

        The two boys could have been escorting her safely home, not knowing the danger was in her own home.

  17. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    That girl put shame in her family eyes by always sneaking out so her grandma couldn’t handle the pressure and hit the girl and lost it so ppl when u’ll under pressure nobody never know how to control themselves so suspend the guilty verdict and applause the grandma that will teach them young girls that sneaking out for one night of fun doesn’t worth it…..see sort pa coutah sa moi de toof

    1. Anonymous
      July 15, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      You must be an idiot.

      1. Anonymous
        July 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        For real

    2. Caramel
      July 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Ur one sick individual. My god I hope u don’t hve children

    3. Anonymous
      July 16, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      What shame so she couldn’t find a better way to deal things you have to live for u and stop study ppl thoughts they don’t matter only God and the happiness of your love ones

    4. Cher
      July 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      So it’s ok to beat her granddaughter to death because of what the neighbors were saying? Now, grandma is the shame of the family for being in jail. That young lady shouldn’t of had to sneak out at that age. 2 boys brought her home. No mention of any sexually acts happening. Makes me wonder how was grandma at that age that she felt her granddaughter was doing “other” things? That amount of punishment was pure brutality. Inhumane. No one deserves what she did, not for just sneaking out & coming home.

    5. Dre'
      July 17, 2017 at 5:49 am

      It’s obvious you’re not getting any – try to find somebody to have a little fun with before it’s too late ok, we’ll pray for you.

    6. olinic
      July 18, 2017 at 10:36 am

      if she was so shame she would have put her out. stop make excuse for criminals. u hear she clean the blood trail leading to where she drag the body- that woman definitely kill already- the adult female had no right to be sneaking out, she should be walking out through the front door going where she has to, because that’s what adults do- still in her adulthood she still there for her beating. but instead she ended her life- grandmother is a blasted murderer.

    7. Mr Real
      July 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      You think she deserved it, and it will teach some of these young girls? Teach them what exactly? Would you say that if it was your family member that died like that? YOU ARE MORE SICK THAN THE GRANDMOTHER. SHE MUST BE YOUR DEVIL WORSHIPPING MUM!!!!

    8. Anonymous
      July 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Oh so they have to look out for you killing your children or grandchildren too then???Backward!!!!!

  18. Angry and concerned
    July 15, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    some grandmothers are too damn controlling.. I understand sometimes u get frustrated but what the hell was she trying to prove..Gone are the days,grandmas used to act so savage… if u can’t handle the stress, put her out.. a lot of the times they used to do that stuff back in the days.. I’m sure granny started having kids at a young age….. it’s obvious that the deceased still had respect for her; to tolerate a beating…choops.. GRANNY ,I SHAYAYY( GO POOP)I’m so pissed… hope she rot in jail

  19. B
    July 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    7years for Manslaughter 3and a half years she will be out is she is Sentence to prison which is crap

  20. Life is so unfair
    July 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Maybe the girl doing it long time and the parents throw Thier responsibility on the grandmother who now had to be robbed from her sleep with fear n frustrated . I sure the mother use to beat the girl jus as bad n worst . Why she had to sneak ? Maybe the grandmother told her to leave because she can’t tolerate the late hours n the girl still continue , the grandmother didn’t intentional kill her . She love her grand daughter and only wanted the best for her. She was frustrated and the girl jus happened to probably get hit in the wrong place . Whether it was severe or not it can happen .I know a girl who had to put her hand out for licks n get catch in the eye n loose it . Drop the guilty charges n lock up the parents who didn’t do thier job raising the girl the right way. But instead they have energy to make sure the grandmother get lock way.

    1. Young adult
      July 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      There is a difference between punishment and abuse. Whatever the case the it don’t take away from the fact the grandma was reckless in her approach. She now needs to be punish and not rewarded. Another thing when tie goat too short when them do get way them does even root like hog. I feel that grandma try bound thay young girl and ain’t give she enough freedom. The methods of doing things in old days have change today because the world evolve and is always changing.

    2. Dre'
      July 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

      It seems like u got some blows too – with a stupid stick u idiot.

      1. Anonymous
        July 27, 2017 at 9:00 am


    3. olinic
      July 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

      you cant drop the guilty charges because granny commit a murder. the scene of the crime was cleaned up. that is murder. yes the parents should bare some blame, they should be there taking care of their child. not saying that is the case now, but some grandparent never want to admit the went wrong in raising their daughters and place all the blame on the grandchildren. they were loose on their parenting rolls and then their daughter become negligent mothers and they blame the grandchild- the granny has to share the blame- i would accept the frustration plea if she had scream and run for her when she see the child not moving, but cleaning blood trail and dragging body…no …dis granny is a criminal long

  21. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Had to take a deep breath cause this reminds me of an elderly member of my family .smh. Seriously Granny ,why beat the young Lady so bad sshe’s to the age to go out n enjoy life.I’m sure u enjoyed ur life at 18 .u see when u all done wrong things growing up u all r afraid for the young generations to live the life u all used to u beat up the young Lady until she urinated on herself, cause of fright. Cut her n never look after her bruises. May she R.I.P 😓😓 so sad 😔

  22. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    I doesn’t matter what the young lady did! At 18 she is a legal adult and did not deserve to die like that, put her out if you wish but no shame should drive a grandmother to murder her granddaughter in such a barbaric way. For a human being to drown out the sounds of crying and screaming and pleading and still proceeded to commit the act of manslaughter then she deserve life imprisonment to reflect on that evil act until the day she dies and I hope those images flash vividly everyday to remind her of what she did.

  23. Anonymous
    July 15, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    maybe granny had that anger building up in side of her.and she Couldn’t take it anymore and She did that.but she should. Just lock hre door and dont let her today she would not be in that predicament that she is in now.i feel sorry. for both of the..she must be sitting in jail not eating or drinking.w the parent have to take responsibly for Children .cause we are the once who brought them into this world.maybe mother was giving grany that same pooblem to

  24. Sad Grandma
    July 16, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Terribly sad. As a grandma, I have vowed not to raise grand kids unless both parents are deceased or physically incapacitated. I love my grand kids, will help in whatever way I can but not take total responsibility. It is the responsibility of parents to raise their kids.

    I sincerely believe the lady loved her grand daughter and wanted good for her. It is unfortunate that the young lady should lost her life and now grandma in prison. With all said, I would not beat any child so viciously as a means of correction.

    Sad situation. May God forgive her and grant strength to her daughter who is grieving from both ends.

  25. mags
    July 16, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Cuddear this is sad. She didn’t had to died like that. Grandmother could have put her out because she was not a minor. Parents could have played their part. This is so wrong. I know that our children love to follow their friends and we as parents love to shelter our children cause we don’t want them going down the wrong road but to beat them like that is so wrong. There are so many different ways that grandma could have use but to beat her like that to cause her death certainly is not the correct way. I know it occurred about 3 yrs ago but i am now reading the story and it’s sad. Condolences to the family

  26. Claudette Alexander
    July 16, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Beatings are typical occurances in Caribbean families .Even if society considers 18 to be an adult, that is not so with older parents. To them you are still a child, no matter the age.
    I’m surprise the girl did not fight back and put some blows on grandma. So sad

  27. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 10:37 am

    For those who were raised by grandmothers we know the climate of fear. Some of us were beaten unmercifully and could of been maimed or disfigured in the process. Many grandmothers were trying to transfer their values unto the young women in their families. However, in this era, a grandmother should know the outcome of brutality. I am sure she never wanted such outcome to be death. My biggest concern is the girl’s mother and her inability to raise and mentor her daughter. Any young woman who will bring home 2 guys has behavioural issues. I do agree that we need to let mothers raise their children. Stress can result in bad outcomes. No 62 year old woman should have that stressor. There is no reason for the death penalty, there is no reason for incarceration. Give this woman some counselling in order for her to deal with whatever is haunting her. I am sure there was more to this saga.

  28. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I heard about this incident when it happened and as a police officer and loving mother and grandmother I would of liked to sit in and listen to the case hear what the grandmother had for her excuse because i always believe and tell my children never to hit in anger count to ten calm down then deal with the situation. It is sad from all sides and for someone to beat a blood relative like that even when blood start to flow there was no love for that person whatsoever. You took it out on her for maybe the hate you had for your own daughter. Jail was made for people like you

    1. olinic
      July 18, 2017 at 11:14 am

      i said the same thing

  29. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

    The fact that the young lady did not fight back speaks volumes about how she was raised. She probably was a respectable young lady who was raised in an extremely strict home.

    We’ve all known a set of children whose parents/grandparents didn’t allow them to do anything other than go to school, work, and religious functions.

    Who’s to say the girl snuck out for sex? Maybe she just wanted to enjoy some time liming with her friends.

    The article also says the mother discovered the young lady. Could it not be that the Mom and Grandmother shared a home? The fact that the Grandmother was the person who beat the child, doesn’t mean she was solely responsible for raising her.

    I personally think the Grandmother is a wicked, controlling, overbearing woman who deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison.

    1. olinic
      July 18, 2017 at 11:20 am

      that would definitely explain why she would not put out the granddaughter. a control freak- the mother was maybe never allowed leave home and had to sneak out when she came home pregnant with the granddaughter- so she checking you sneaking out under my roof, you not coming and bring no child dere like your mother. this grandmother obviously has an underlying problem with her daughter- sad the grandchild had to pay for it with her life

  30. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    What a wicked woman..she should never see the light of day again.hope she doen not get good treatment in there.killing an 18 year young lady. 😱 have all that anger in you can shake hands with Satan

  31. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Young Adult you said that the world is always got it all wrong…the world is just the same from Creation..and thets how it will remain…its We the people that are going Crazy. not the world

  32. Anonymous
    July 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Wicked old Brut!! My God why? Even if she went to have What? She’s 18.Her two “boyfriends” took her home to ensure she was ok from strangers on the streets in the night.Pity they didn’t know there was a monster waiting for her, In her own home.She’s wicked and brutal.After the first drop of matter how angry she was, she should have stop! She HATED that girl if you ask me. Granny you should be choked in belong where you’re going

    1. Anonymous
      July 19, 2017 at 1:13 pm


  33. Anonymous
    July 17, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Parents and grandparents need to start parenting their kids properly. It was uncalled for, for granny to beat that child to death. She deserves the death penalty or life in prison. Instead of beating the girl, sit her down and talk to her. These old people stuck in their ways of not having serious conversation with kids. If you guide them and show them by example the right pathe to take they should not stray far from it.

  34. Dre'
    July 17, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Ignorant old time ways some people still have, at 18 years old that was time to fight for your life girl. These old people grew up being afraid of their sexuality & intimacy like it’s the worst sin, that’s why most of them end up being alone & vengeful, they’re actually jealous of the younger generation, not to mention just plain stupid.

  35. Anonymous
    July 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This woman is a demon.

  36. Jabal
    July 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I guess she followed through on the popular parental threat ..”it’s me that make you so I can kill you”….. SAD.
    Victim makes a victim of a perpetrator and becomes the criminal…
    Defiant teens make you want to do that. That is why I believe that if you don’t want to abide by the house rules find your own.

  37. Princess
    July 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    18years old and you stayed for a 68year old granny to burst Ur a** like that. If anyone fines them selves in a situation like that run for your life. A message to those guardian to beat a child when you are all raged up. I’m sure she didn’t intend to kill her but her anger to over.

  38. FATMAN
    July 18, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Grandma remember back in her days when she used to sneak out now she jealous and awaje dat she ca do it again. Dat drive her mad. Lost it.

  39. Annomous
    July 18, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    To beat a young lady for sneaking out seriously?? Something is seriously wrong with this grandma. To beat her by fracturing the bonea in her feet damaging her ears which meant the she was struck in the head with the stick n to cut her so bad that she bleed to dead then turn round and clean up the blood means that she had this planned or premeditated. Granny wanted to make this young lady know who the boss was but she had no remorse as not to even call her parents to say what she did to her and just leave her in the room to dead a slow painful death. Thats a wicked bitch and she deserves to spend the rest of her life in peiaon.

  40. Bella
    July 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Some of the comments boi…..smdh

  41. Franklyn bramble
    July 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Granny is totally wrong the girl was 18yrs old and could call her own shot

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Granny was wrong but even if you are 18 as long as you are sneaking out something is wrong somewhere. I’m pretty sure if this girl was paying bills@home Granny would have no reason to beat her. Neither would the 18 yr old have to sneak out.

  42. Anonymous
    July 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    In their days they use to do worse my grandma is ninety five she had my mom at fifteen years so tell me about it in their days they use too go to bed with a rope tie to their toe make it pass under the back door hanging out when them men comes around is just pull that and then out thy go for the sex it is so sad for the eighteen year old

  43. Anonymous
    July 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Slave owner mentality. We need to read more to comprehend how slave owners treated us – why are we blacks now treating each other likes the masters treated their slaves . How can a grandparent kill her own – lord have mercy – how can the grandmother eat or sleep how did she continue to beat that poor child when she screamed – how did she wash away the blood – I suppose the same way the slave owners did!

  44. Anonymous
    July 19, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Sad! Its a sickening thought about the way that girl lost her life at the hands of someone she would have entrusted it to. No matter what she did or what her relationship was like with her grandmother, The grandmother had no right to brutalise her.
    She should be flogged in public and sentenced to life in least she will see another day.

  45. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

    At the end of the day,
    1. Granny was wrong. This is not a case of self defense. She killed the young lady. This is murder, intentional or not. She tried to clean up the crime scene. Ppl need to learn to control their anger. I feel for u granny
    2. The young lady (R.I.P) is dead but she had her wrong as well. If your grandma/parents don’t like it, don’t do it. If u can’t abide by the rules leave. If she was sneaking out, she probably didn’t have a job. I’m pretty sure if she did Granny would not be hard on her because she would be a contributor to the house.
    3. 18 does not necessarily mean that you are a responsible adult. Paying bills, contributing to your household makes you responsible on some level. It also makes your parents/grandparents have some respect for you as well. Enough that you shouldn’t have to sneak but walk in and out as you please.
    4. Don’t be so quick to judge the mother. We don’t know the underlying circumstances of the living arrangements. The grandma could have chosen to take this child from a young age as some grandparents do. Both the mother and child could have living under the same roof as the granny. This could have also been the mom’s house that granny now lives in with them and probably didn’t like the way the mother was raising her child.

    We just don’t know, except for granny killed grand daughter

  46. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Physical, mental and emotional abuse, a toxic mix … so damaging for your self worth and self esteem.

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