Father of 3-year-old who Perished in Fire Charged with Negligence

Mykelia Henry

Jamaica News, Hanover: The Hanover police have now confirmed that Neville Henry, 25-year-old father of the 3-year-old,  infant who perished in a fire in Jericho district, Hanover on Sunday, July 15, has been officially charged.

Henry who is a recording artist was slapped with charges of Negligence on Sunday by the Lucea police and is booked to appear in the Lucea Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday, July 24.

Henry has been charged in connection with the death of his three-year-old daughter, Mykelia Henry who was burnt to death in the fire on Sunday.

Reports by the Lucea police are that shortly after 11:45 a.m. on Sunday,  Henry was at home with the 3-year-old infant and his other five-year-old daughter. He then went to a nearby shop to purchase some snacks for them to eat.

It is further reported that upon his return, he saw fire coming from the rear section of the six apartment board and concrete-structured building.  Henry managed to rescue his eldest daughter but Mykelia was burnt to death.

The Fire Department was summoned and upon arrival, the house and all its contents were completely destroyed by fire and they could only manage to carry out cooling down operations. Following a search of the burnt debris, they managed to remove the charred remains of the baby girl.

Our news team caught up with both parents of the dead child, Neville Henry father and his common-law wife Jahnele Campbell. Both parents were traumatized by their daughter’s demise and wept openly.

Henry told our news team that he was at home in Jericho District with his two daughters watching the World Cup final match when he left for a short while to purchase items at a shop for the girls.

He stated that upon his return he was standing close to his gate talking to a friend when he saw the eldest child running from the house and saying it was on fire.  According to the broken-hearted father, he immediately ran inside the house and saw fire coming from a rear room.  He then attempted to go inside the room to rescue Mykelia, but the entire room was consumed by the flames.

Superintendent in Charge of Hanover, Sharon BePut, told our news team that, following an investigation by the police and investigators from the Fire Department Henry was charged on Sunday afternoon.

Superintendent further stated that, the police sympathized with the family and also feels their pain but the law has to take its course and based on the findings at the scene, it was decided upon to charge the father.

She also pointed out that, the fire is of unknown origin. She also added that Investigations are still ongoing, and they have not ruled out arson.