T&T Autopsy: Alliyah died from beating

Homicide investigators are preparing to interview an army corporal in connection with the death of 15-year-old Alliyah Kandice Alexander, after the autopsy result revealed she died from multiple blunt force injuries. Alexander, a Couva West Secondary School student, died at the Couva District Health Facility on Tuesday.

Staff reported that she was unresponsive when the male relative took her in and they contacted Couva police.

Police said the corporal reported that he beat her with a belt at his Claxton Bay home and she fell down a flight of stairs.

Officers took him to the police station after relatives attempted to attack him at the facility.

The officers recorded his statement and allowed him to leave.

Investigators only classified Alexander’s death as a homicide on Thursday following the autopsy at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, by pathologist Parthasarathi Pramanik.

Alexander’s mother, Vanessa Augustine, said she took her daughter to the relative’s home so he could discipline her. Augustine said she usually disciplined Alexander but the relative stepped in because she was not listening to her (Augustine) and they were disturbed by her behaviour.

Augustine said when they arrived at the house, the corporal wanted to be alone with Alexander. Augustine said she decided to visit a relative living nearby.

She returned 45 minutes later and as the man walked inside to call the child, he called out to her, saying, “Come, something wrong.”

Augustine said she ran inside and saw her daughter on the ground vomiting and unresponsive. They later took her to the health facility.

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