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Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00

Amidst the public outrage and fiery protests, Police have arrested and charged 21 year-old Everal Martinez with attempted rape and attempted assault. The victim who he is charged in connection with is 17 month-old Alyssa Nunez, an infant from Maskall Village, who suffered sexual and physical abuse, and who passed away at the KHMH after spending several days in a critical condition.

Baby Alyssa passed away on Sunday, March 3, at around 3:40 a.m., after suffering on life support for about 4 days. A post-mortem has certified that she died from “massive brain hemorrhage, due to head trauma”. The doctors also found signs of sexual abuse as well.

Information to the press is that on Wednesday, February 28, the baby’s step grandmother was taking care of her, and she had to run some errands. The child’s mother was away at work, and so, the step grandmother would babysit until she gets home at night. On this day, she had to make a trip to Belize, so, she left the baby in her son, Everal’s care. He is her stepfather, and so, she may not have seen anything unusual about him taking care of the child, he is now responsible for.

Reports are that when she returned, he told her that something was seriously wrong with the baby. So, the child was rushed to the Maskall Health Center, and then later to the KHMH.

Reports to the press is that the baby suffered penetration to her undeveloped sex organ, allegedly with a finger. She also reportedly suffered bruises to the head and body. Shortly after that, Everal Martinez was detained by police because the child was last in his care.

On Friday, while she was clinging to life at the hospital, police arrested and charged him with dangerous harm. Those charges were later changed to 2 counts of attempted rape, and 2 counts of attempted assault.

Having heard of the heinous crime committed against the infant, activist groups started staging protests as early as Friday evening, March 2. By Sunday, March 4, another protest was organized in memory of Baby Alyssa.

Her ordeal, and that of other children, such as 1 year-old Gregory Mena, received universal condemnation from all organizations that look after the interests of children.

UNICEF released a statement saying, “These children were betrayed by adults in the community. As adults, it is our duty to do everything in our power to protect children and encourage them to grow and be the best that they can be.…Children have been tragically hurt and some have lost their lives due to gun violence, physical abuse and sexual violence… Violence against children is unacceptable. We all have a duty to end it.”

In their statement, the National Committee for Families and Children “NCFC and the Nation laments the unfortunate circumstances of the allegation of a 17 month child this is truly outrageous…..The National Committee for Families and Children condemns all sexually explicit acts, especially of this atrocious nature.

The Belize Family Life Association said in their press release, “The act of destroying the innocence of our children, especially through sexual violence, must not be tolerated. We must be angry enough to demand that the necessary actions be taken by those whose duty it is to do so.”

At the arraignment of Everal Martinez, which took place on Monday, February 5, family members and friends of Baby Alyssa’s biological father, along with activists and concerned citizens, waited patiently behind barricades and police security for the moment when he was taken to court.

He was arraigned on 2 counts each of attempted rape and attempted assault on a child before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn Vidal, who appeared for the prosecution noted after the arraignment that she has, “an obligation to ensure that there is no adverse publicity in relation to a matter that could prejudice the trial at a later stage. So that I know that this is a matter of great public interest, but I want to ask that we please ensure that we are not saying or doing anything that later on is going to affect the trial process. So, if in particular discussion in relation to the facts of the case could be avoided and we could restrict our comments to what we think this means for us as a society, what we think we should do to address this kind of conduct - that that would be more appropriate.”

Martinez was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until May 18, his next court date.

As far as the protesters were concerned he is guilty, and he should face the harshest penalty possible for Baby Alyssa’s death and sexual abuse. His attorney, Oscar Selgado, had to publicly remind everyone that he is entitled to a fair and impartial trial in court, and that he is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.