Clarendon Sisters Found Foaming Under Tree in Their Yard

Amanda Johnson and her mother, Hyacinth Johnson, both broke down in tears as they relived the final moments with their children and grandchildren.

Both are seeking answers but finding no solace as there isn't yet any as to why death would suddenly snatch Tamara Sewell (nine) and her sister, Olivia Daley (three).

The girls were discovered foaming at the mouth under a tree in their yard at Pleasant Valley, Clarendon, and were pronounced dead at the May Pen Hospital.

"I didn't sleep last night. Every time i close my eyes i still see them," said their grandmother, Hyacinth, in between tears.

"Healthy kids can't just die like that. I'd feel better if they were sick," she cried.

Hyacinth Johnson

Hyacinth recalls taking the girls to church on Sunday and having little Olivia gleefully singing the Christmas carols.

"She is so amusing. My blood pressure is up," she said as she was overcome with tears once more.

The children's mother stood some distance away from the tree, unable to go close to it.

Amanda Johnson

Surrounded by friends, Amanda stared blankly while tears streamed down her face.

She said that her last conversation with her daughters came after returning from May Pen and seeing Tamara on her way to the shop.

"I asked her where she going, and she said her grandfather send her to buy bagjuice. I told her a soon come back, a going for the baby," Amanda said. 

At about 3:30 p.m., her world fell apart. She saw her sister running with Olivia, the three-year-old. She asked what was wrong but got no response.

She hurried to Tamara, who was still lying under the tree, and shouted her name.

Where the girls were found

"I called her by name and she respond to me with her last breath. When we got to the hospital, the doctor said they were dead. Nothing they can do," groaned Amanda.

Amanda said that she is trying her best to cope with the loss of her daughters, who both attended the Pleasant Valley Primary and Infant School.

"They are jovial kids. They are loving ... . I can only do my best ..." she said, her voice trailing off. And this time, the tears came like a flood.

Loraine Green Mason, a friend of the family, said it's a hard blow to the area that lost its councillor, Melvin Jones, last week.

Source: The Star

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