MURDERED: Keyana Cumberbatch


No more ‘24-hour’ response

This is the second instance that I am aware of in the past two years that a parent attempted to file a missing person’s report for a girl below the age of nine years old and was told by the police to come back in 24 hours.
Before delving into what I have to say, I will first state that I do not blame the police for this terrible crime perpetrated against the angel, Keyana Cumberbatch.
I do think we could examine ways to make these circumstances avoidable. The police stated it will seek to investigate the claim. As a police force whose main mission is to protect and serve, I would have expected a stronger response of no tolerance.
I do not believe some police officers are capable (in some respects they are but are just ‘plain’ lazy) of properly handling uncommon reports and I am simply asking, having a daughter myself, that in the case I do get such a “24-hour” response, there is a phone number/hotline I can then call to query and get some sort of swift action. Maybe as the new child protection task force convenes, the members should consider something to this effect or better.
My husband worked in the Family Court up until recently, and there have been cases of molestation or incest of a child being put off for six years, while the child remains in the care of the said accused parents.
Believe it or not it is a fact and not even a special case or worst case scenario. Workers do care, push and fight for change but to no avail.
We need to make the Family Court an efficient and effective legal system to charge these perpetrators and protect these children. That is a second factor to look at.
Please don’t make this matter another political ploy meant to appease the public until another big distraction comes our way. Truly show that you care!
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