May 7, 2002 - May 15, 2006
have never come across a story of a child and gone to find a picture
only to see that the only pictures that were
available were of that child in their coffin. That is the case with Amy
Emily Annamunthodo and it hurts my heart.
Amy lived in Trinidad with her mother, Anita Annamunthodo and
stepfather Marlon King. Amy's biological father,
Jason Walker, and her mother had separated when she was very young and
he was not allowed any form of
visitation with her. In March of 2004, neighbors made reports to the
police that Amy was being beaten by he stepfather. As it would turn
out, that was only a part of what was going on in the house they lived
On April 27, 2004 a Police Officer would
take Amy to the San Fernando General Hospital with a fracture to her
forearm and many bruises in various stages of healing. Shortly after
she turned three, Amy was once again
taken to the hospital, this time with blunt force trauma to her back
and as before, bruises in various stages of
healing. How could people see this and NOT
do something immediately? In May of 2005, Amy was taken yet
again to the hospital, this time she was abandoned there, she was only
three years old. In September of 2005,
there was an application filed for Amy to become a ward of the state.
On September 5, 2005, Amy was taken to the Mother's Union Children's
Home where it is said that when she first got there, she was shy, quite
appeared to be scared.
While at the home, she began to show some progress after being loved
and care for by the people there. In
November of 2005, Amy's Grandmother, Chanardai Basdeo, and mother
applied to get custody
of her back from the home. A Judge granted them custody in December of
2005. Amy's life would never been
the same. After her Grandmother became sick, Amy was taken to live with
her mother and the abuse she suffered would continue until she would
finally be released from it, paying with her life.
Neighbors were witness to abuse and torture of Amy. At one point a
neighbor witnessed Marlon throwing Amy
down a flight of stairs and all he said to her after was "Get up girl.
I say get up". Amy suffered a dislocated
shoulder from that fall and was never brought to the hospital. The
neighbor who witnessed this abuse never said
anything to Police because he was afraid of Marlon after witnessing
such things as Marlon dragging a naked
woman through the street and throwing grass on another and threatening
to catch her on fire.
Amy, who suffered from malnutrition, was often left home alone,
according to neighbors who could hear her cry
because the house was dark and she was afraid of the dark. On May 15,
2006, neighbors say they could hear
her screaming, though the screams eventually went away and they heard
nothing more from her that night. Amy's
mother was seen with her wrapped in a white towel and then her
stepfather was seen leaving the home a few
minutes later. Amy was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced
An autopsy would reveal that Amy had been beaten, burned with
cigarettes, raped and sodomized after being
locked in a room with a cloth stuffed in her mouth to muffle her cries.
In 2006, Amy's biological father saw her alive for the last time
at a visit to the hospital, she had been badly beaten. Jason Walker
admitted that he was aware of the abuse his daughter was suffering
though he never did anything. All I can say is WHY NOT?!? What kind of parent KNOWS their child is going through
that kind of
suffering and sits back and does nothing to help? Jason didn't go to
her service though he did tell her good bye
at the cemetery. Maybe if he had done something, he would not have been
telling her good bye at all! It was
reported that he said he regretted not helping his daughter and that he
had only seen her twice since he had
separated from Anita. In my opinion, he's no parent and had no business
giving her a white rose at her funeral
and kissing her good-bye.
Marlon King was charged with murder and neglect and Anita Annamunthodo was charged with six counts of
neglect though after serving only 11 months in jail, the charges were
dropped and she was free to go home. If
the arresting officer had cared enough to show up for court, she would
never have gone free. It's just another
case where the life a child means nothing to some.
Anita had this to say after being set free:
"I blame myself. I
would change everything if I could. I know people angry with me. But
took Amy to teach me a lesson. I want her to know that I never
neglected her. She knows
that. Because in my dreams in prison, she hugged and kissed and played
with me. I miss
my daughter very much"
Anita went to the Marabella Public
Cemetery where she put a rose on her daughters unmarked grave. Shortly
after Amy died, someone set the house she had been killed in, on fire.
In the fire were pictures of Amy and all
that she ever had. All that remained was one dress and a teddy bear.
At her funeral, Amy's cousins thought she was just sleeping. Sadly, she
On May 30, 2006, Marlon King, who was 33
years old at the time, was supposed to appear in court. Marlon
was unable to attend the hearing due to the fact that some prisoners in
the same place he was being held, beat him up for what he did to Amy.
When his name was called to appear before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington, Police Prosecutor Sgt Harricharan Kassy told the judge that
he had been used as a punching bag
by the other prisoners who had kicked, punched and tried to strangle
him. After he had been placed in his cell,
the police heard loud screams and went to the cell to help him. Marlon
suffered from bruises around his eyes
and other injuries and was taken to the Accident And Emergency
Department of the San Fernando General
Hospital at about 10:30 that morning. Marlon was treated and released
after about an hour. Marlon's lawyer
was Ian Gray and the hearing was rescheduled for June 12, 2006.
On November 15, 2011, Marlon King was in court and Police
Sergeant Azam Hamid said that when Marlon had been in jail for two days
and was informed that he was a suspect in the murder of Amy, he denied
that he knew anything about it:
"I tell them already, I
don't know nothing about that"
The state says that Amy was hung up by her hair from the door frame and
was punched at least 20 times or
"There were injuries to
her scalp and neck, fracture to her right rib, hemorrhaging in the
lungs and a rupture to the
atrium of her heart, contusions to her liver, spleen and bleeding
of her kidney. And that was just some of
States Attorney - Mauriceia Joseph
Marlon was being represented by El Farouk
Hosein and the trial was being held at San Fernando Criminal
Court before Justice Anthony Carmona and a jury of 12 people with five
In March of 2102, though he tried to stop the verdict from being read
"My Lord one minute. I
want to explain. I want to explain myself now"
Marlon wanted to say that the hospital was to blame for the death of
Amy. When Marlon paused for a second, the verdict was read as guilty.
The Judge, Anthony Carmona replied to more outburst, by saying that
Marlon would die by hanging.
I would like to thank Leanna for updating me on this story.
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