The Monrovia City Court on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 sent to Jail the biological father of the late Jerome Brown, Mr. Emmanuel Brown and step mother, Wannah Taplah for allegedly starving to death their 11-year-old son. According to police investigation, the late Brown was kept without food, water, medical treatment and free movement, which led to his death before arrival at the MSF Hospital at the Barnersville Junction, outside Monrovia. Due to that, defendant Brown was arrested and acquainted with his constitutional rights, investigated and subsequently charged with the crime of Manslaughter in violation of Chapter 14 Sub-chapter A section 14.2.
Police investigation revealed that the late Brown was the first of the three children between defendant Emmanuel Brown and his ex-wife Mama Cole. The deceased had been living with his father since 2020, as his mother lives in Compound #4, Grand Bassa County. The police investigation uncovered that the deceased and his brothers were living with their mother Madam Cole but due to their father’s failure to fully support them, she decided to bring the deceased to Monrovia. Police investigation also unearthed that while the deceased was living with his father and step mother, he continued to experience epilepsy and on one occasion he ran into the Atlantic Ocean, but was rescued by neighbors.
As a result, Defendant Brown always kept him (deceased) indoor without mattress or bedding. The investigation added that deceased Brown started to deteriorate in his appearance since he was brought by his mother to start living with his father. The father, on the other hand, did not take little Jerome to any medical facilities or to properly provide the necessary care for him while the stepmother also failed to report his action. The police charge sheet mentioned that on Sunday, February 14, some concerned community dwellers raised alarm to their Chairman Lawrence Morris, subsequently went over at the defendant’s house and ordered that he bring the deceased outside, which he did.
The investigation said that Chairman Morris instructed two community dwellers, Olive Kollie, a lady to be identified and the deceased stepmother to take him to MSF hospital located at Barnesville junction for medication, but died upon their arrival. Meanwhile, in view of the foregoing facts and circumstances, coupled with eye witnesses accounts, physical examination and photography, defendant Brown was charged with the crime of Manslaughter in violation of Chapter 14 Sub-chapter A section 14.2, while the victim step mother Wannah Taplah was also charged with the crime of Criminal Facilitation in violation of Chapter 10 section 10.2 of the revised penal Law of Liberia.