ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Jael Thomas, 18, who died following an alleged beating by her grandmother was estranged from her father.
Emett Thomas said the last time he spoke to his daughter was three weeks ago prior to the opening of the school year.
“Communication is very poor between me and my daughter. She used to come and see me, but that has stopped for quite some time now. They even brought me to court four years ago for feeding my child, which I was doing prior to that,” the bereaved father explained.
The father of four said the teenager would complain of being beaten by her grandmother, but he never inquired why.
Jael has been living with her grandmother from birth. Her mother was also a resident at the All Saints home, but she later moved out, leaving the young girl behind.
The 18-year-old attended All Saints Secondary School, and authorities there confirmed she had been attending that institution since 2012.
Residents reported hearing loud screams from Thomas’ Mc Pond home at just after midnight Sunday.
It was reported that the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), were called to the scene from around 3 am, Monday, while the police were called in between 6 and 7 am.
The police, in an official statement to the media, said investigations into the death are ongoing and foul play is not ruled out.
The grandmother is assisting lawmen with their investigations.