The news of what allegedly took place at Belizean Beach off the George Price Highway on Saturday afternoon has shocked the nation. The police report is simple. Felicia Chen, 22, unemployed resident of Mile 8 George Price Highway apparently left home between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. with her children, Trina, 6; Triana, 4; Thomas, 3; and Trinaya, . When they arrived at the beach, she allegedly walked all four children into the sea and managed to drown three of them – Triana, Thomas and Trinaya. However, Trina escaped and alerted someone on the highway of what happened and police were subsequently informed. Our colleagues at KREM TV spoke to that person. She said she saw the little girl running up the street.
My dog barked. So I hailed the dog and the dog come in the yard. I run downstairs and I notice that the little girl was by herself.
He stop when I holla for ah, and my niece from over the side there, she may come out to find out what happened.
I started to cry when I reach and I pick her up, all wet up from being in the sea, muddy and everything. I pick her up, she tremble, started to cry and tell me she have to go by Ladyville. So I tell her, “But Ladyville no di dis side.” I make her carry her by the Police. She said, “No. I have to go because my mummy di kill herself.”
That’s when the Police call for help.
She said, “But the baby done dead. Mummy done kill the baby.”
The mother was in the sea, about water to her waist. When we get out there the BDF and the young man done bring she in.
Then the Policeman run to she and asked where di baby. And next thing I know the Policeman run in the next direction
Police say the children were taken from the sea and identified by their grandmother Prostacia Chen before being transported for formal pronunciation of death at 1:45 at the KHMH in Belize City. Post-mortem examinations are scheduled. Felicia Chen is in police custody and Trina is reported to be undergoing counseling. However, the surface has not been scratched on this tragedy. Shortly after the incident reporters spoke with grieving grandmother Prostacia Chen.
She take the kids there. She gone bathe they. She take out clothes for they. I heard she told the kids that they were going to see their dad. The little boy jumped up because he was going to see his pa, because it’s been a long time since the dad has come to check on them. She came here to live with me because he used to beat her.
She come in here and said to me, “I can’t live no more, ’cause he beat me.”
I tell her, “The children need you. The pa is not there, so you have to be there for they.”
She loved them.
Both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition called the act “terrible, senseless and tragic”. and the latter has asked the PUP’s United Women’s Group to assist the family.