7-year-old Dacwaun Sutherland
It has been widely accepted that there will always be unguarded
moments in one’s life and this was clearly the case for a Sophia
mother who lost her only child during one such period.
Although she is not well known in her area, many could attest to the
fact that they have never seen Zon Parks anywhere without her son,
seven-year-old Dacwaun Sutherland.
On Wednesday, when persons saw the lad walking through ‘B’ Field,
Sophia, and some sections of ‘C’ Field, they found it a bit
strange but didn’t bother to question the child. Many are now
At around 07:10 hours yesterday, Sutherland’s almost naked body was
pulled from a canal in ‘B’ Field.
The lad’s mother told this newspaper that sometime around 13:00
hours on Wednesday she sent her son home to take some perishables
which she had bought earlier in the day.
The woman said after she went home from work and did not see her son,
she began a frantic search around the area, but to no avail. The woman
said she even asked persons around the neighborhood if they had seen
her son but no one whom she had asked saw the child.
Zon Parks said as night fell she made a report to the Turkeyen Police
station but continued her search into the night.
According to the lad’s mother, after all her searches came up empty
handed she went home and retired to bed. However early yesterday
morning she continued her search. It was while walking through ‘B’
Field, Sophia, that she heard persons talking about the body of a boy
having been spotted in a trench. She immediately headed for the
“I go to the trench whey I see de crowd and I see meh son floating,
he ain’t had on he pants and shirt, he just had on he brief and he
slipper went floating in the trench.”
Parks recounted that when her son left her workplace he was clad in a
pair of camouflage trousers and a white vest. However his clothes were
not recovered. The woman said the police were summoned to the area and
her son’s remains were subsequently removed.
Meanwhile, persons in the area who spoke to this newspaper said that
the child was last seen alive sometime after 17:00 hours on Wednesday.
One woman said she saw the boy around 13:30 hours with two water
bottles in his hand. Another woman said sometime after 16:00 hours on
Wednesday she noticed the two water bottles floating in the canal.
“If he de fall in there we woulda hear something, and a lady say she
see he after five o’clock on de corner and I see de bottles deh long
Some expressed the opinion that the child may have been killed and
dumped in the canal.
One resident who lives opposite where the child’s body was found
said late Wednesday evening she went a few yards away to wash her mats
and didn’t notice anything unusual in that area.
In addition, many residents reflected that when they noticed the child
by himself on Wednesday they found it somewhat strange.
“Every day I does see da lady with the child, you don’t ever see
he or she alone, if she going to work she got he, anyway she go she
got he… but they right they does always got da unguarded moment and
it cost she she only child,” one woman lamented.
In the meantime, the police are awaiting results of a post mortem
examination to assist with their investigations.
Friday, July 02, 2010