A 2-year-old girl was found yesterday clinging to the body of her mother who was murdered in bushes in Alley, Clarendon is now in the custody of the state.

Head of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, Rosalie Gage-Grey, confirmed that she will remain in state care until certain measures are taken. The child was found yesterday morning with the body of her mother, 32-year-old Notoya Ricketts. The body had bullet wounds. The child was not harmed.

Up to late yesterday, a search was being conducted to locate the next of kin for the little girl. Mrs Gage Grey spoke with our news centre last night and gave an update to include contact with her other parent to determine her future care.

It’s believed that the little girl was in the bushes for more than twelve hours without food or water. She was taken to the hospital.

Miss Ricketts was last seen alive Monday morning when she went to tend to her farm animals. Her mother was shot and killed in her home two weeks ago.


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