Sunday, February 25, 2018

Grief counselling for family of little Kimora

COUNSELLING has been offered by the State to the family of four-year-old Kimora Millette, who died on Tuesday in a fire at the family’s home in La Romaine. The cost of the funeral will also be covered, said

Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, Minister in the Ministry of the People and Social Development, visited the child’s relatives yesterday.

Alleyne-Toppin said she hoped the family could bear with the grief over losing little Kimora.

“They still have to grieve and go through it. But I hope they could cope,” said Alleyene-Toppin to reporters outside the family’s home at Betsy Street, Potato Trace.

“I heard the story on the news and we just want to give our support.”

On Tuesday, little Kimora and her twin sister, Kiara, were dressed by their grandmother Brenda Millette, and left in a bedroom watching television as they awaited their school bus to take them to a nearby preschool. 

At around 8 a.m. Kiara ran to Brenda Millette, who was speaking to a neighbour at the front of the house, and said the bedroom was on fire. 

The grandmother, a neighbour, Donna Banfield, and the children’s 16-year-old cousin ran into the room, but it was already engulfed in flames. 

A bucket brigade was formed by neighbours and the blaze was extinguished, but the child could not be saved. 

Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov determined Kimora died from smoke inhalation, and not from the burns which may have happened after her death.

The twins’ parents, Ronan Millette and Marsha Carabano, were at work. 

Carabano, who was taken for medical treatment shortly after the incident, said she was still too distraught to speak to the media. 

A senior detective said only the bedroom was destroyed, and, based on interviews, a cigarette lighter started the blaze. 

Alleyne-Toppin said the State would assist the family in repairing the bedroom that was destroyed, and replace the school supplies lost in the blaze.  

Alleyne-Toppin had earlier visited the family of four-year-old Sarah Headley, who was shot in her neck by a stray bullet last month while she was travelling in a vehicle along L’anse Mitan Road, Carenage, with her mother, 24-year-old Alisha Headley. 

Alleyne-Toppin said assistance would also be given to the Headley family.