Monday, December 18, 2017

Sister had premonition about death in the family

DAYS before 11-year-old Rehanna Briggs died after she became entangled in clothing on a line, her sister had known someone in her family was going to lose their life.

Antonia Perry yesterday said she never thought it would turn out to be her youngest sibling, whom she had cared for as her own child.

Rehanna was found dead at her Dyer’s Village, Williamsville, home on Friday eveni­ng.

Family members believe she was dancing when she became entangled in a piece of clothing.

Perry said her sister was found on her knees with the clothing around her neck.

Police have described her death as an accidental hanging.

An autopsy is expected to be done today at Forensic Science Centre, St James.

Rehanna’s mother, Angela Briggs, who suffers from hypertension and was taken to the hospital after being told of her daughter’s death, was discharged on Satur­day evening.

Perry said Briggs had been given medication to remain calm.

She said her mother, who had been trying to come to terms with Rehanna’s death, has described her daughter as an angel in Heaven.

Crying profusely yesterday, Perry, who is the mother of two children, ages 11 and two, and recently married, said she told her husband someone in her family was going to die.

“I had a feeling. I thought it was going to be my son... not knowing it was my sister,” Perry said.

Perry said Rehanna, who had special names for everyone in the family, would always call her “sister”.

She said she would remember the Standard Four pupil as a joyful child.

—Nikita Braxton-Benjamin