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Posted: Monday, March 4, 2024. 10:44 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A couple are dead and their child orphaned after tragedy befell the village of Libertad, Corozal District, over the weekend.

According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, officers encountered 20-year-old Jaquan Smith, an American national, in a traffic accident just outside Corozal Town. While receiving treatment at the Corozal Community Hospital, he informed officers that his wife, 41-year-old Breanne Kyle, had been murdered by an intruder at their home in the village. But police made a telling discovery at the residence when they visited: “Upon police arrival there, the lifeless body of his wife was found inside the home. Police also found a shallow grave that was being dug. And [we] believe it was dug with the intent of disposing of the body of his wife. He eventually told the police that someone had gone into the home and killed his wife, and he was trying to bury the body before, instead of reporting it to the police. Nonetheless, the police did not buy that story. Our indications were that he was the one who actually killed his wife.”

The Commissioner further confirmed that a family friend had been notified by the wife’s parents that something was going on at the house and was asked to go there and secure the child which he did.

This morning, there was another turn of events when officers checked on Smith and found him alive and apparently well and went to retrieve his food. About ten minutes later, they found him hanging from the bar of the cell with his long pants that he was wearing at the time. The Commissioner said Smith did not give away his state of mind.

While there is a history of prisoner suicides, the Department will not go as far as completely stripping a detainee of his clothes: “… part of the protocol that we normally do is to make sure that whenever we have a prisoner in custody, whether there are signs of, if they wanted to commit suicide or not, we would normally take away items from them that they believe they can use to commit suicide. So, like a shoelace, a belt, or anything of that sort. But we cannot go to the extent of removing a person’s clothing. That would be tantamount to cruel and [in]humane treatment.” He added that the accident did not appear to be a suicide attempt as previously suggested.

As part of police investigations, the Department is looking into reports surrounding the couple’s last hours. Still, at this time, the Commissioner could not say if there was any report of domestic incidents on file involving the couple.

The child, a ten-month-old daughter, has been secured by the family friend and is present with the Human Services Department, while Police and the U.S. Embassy are communicating with a family member to see who will take over custody.


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