Middle Region baby-killing suspect trail date moved to late September

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Dalton Danelle Le B., the 26-year-old suspect in the killing of baby boy Mark Reid Jr. on April 2

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Latoya, Mark and Mark Jr. Reid. Photo – Today

TSXM – GREAT BAY – Dalton Danelle Le B., the 26-year-old suspect in the killing of baby boy Mark Reid Jr. on April 2, appeared briefly in the Court in First Instance yesterday afternoon. At the request of prosecutor Karola van Nie, the court sets a trial date for September 25. The adjournment is necessary because the investigation is not complete yet and because the suspect still has to be subjected to evaluations by a psychologist and a psychiatrist.

Le B. was involved in a road rage incident on the day of the killing. Pursued by the police he fled into a random house in Middle Region, where he snatched the baby from its crib and discarded it later on the road. The exact cause of death has not been made public yet.

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NEW PHOTOS: Middle Region home where DLB intruded and cause infants death

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 Morgan points to a spot on a couch which was blood splattered. D.L.B lied down on the same couch prior to his vicious attack on the two month old child

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Reid points to the area where D.L.B smashed to gain entry into the house

St. Maarten  – Public opinions that have been appearing in the social media about to the circumstances leading up to the bizarre killing of two months old Mark Reid Jr, is only adding insult to injury for the Jamaican couple who are still grappling with the tragic loss.

While the investigation into the murder which took place shortly before midnight on Tuesday evening is still in its initial stages, the speculations leading up to the killing of the two months old has been blown out of proportion by public opinion.

However, that is just one aspect Latoya Morgan and Mark Reid Sr, have to deal with in the aftermath of the tragedy. They still have to await to results on the autopsy to determine the actual cause of death before they can plan the funeral and they are now planning to relocate from the house in Middle Region after three years.

The couple was finally allowed to return to the house late on Wednesday afternoon after the police had collected physical evidence. When  Today was invited to visit the scene of the crime yesterday, a glass table which was smashed by D.L.B was placed outside for removal.

A piece of board partially covered the smashed window to the right of the door which allowed D.L.B to gain entry into the apartment. A deathly silence filled the air. “I cannot stay here anymore because of what took place here, I have to find somewhere else to go,” Morgan said.

She however expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams who took time off from her usually busy schedule to console her personally on Wednesday and her employers at Oyster Bay Resorts who provided the couple with a room to stay for a while.

“My landlord is a nice person and we have a good relationship. She even offered to bar up the windows for me, but I cannot stay here, the memories will always haunt me,” Morgan added. The first opportunity to see the earthly remains of Mark Jr presented itself yesterday when the parents were asked to identify the body officially in the presence of the police and as it turned out, that was not exactly a nice experience.

“I could not handle that, the father and his grandmother went, I don’t know how I will deal with it at the funeral,” the mother said. But as the father, Mark Sr had to do something he never even dreamt he would have to do.

“It takes a strong man to go and see his baby son lying dead and not being able to even touch him because that was not allowed. That man messed up my son real bad, it is real sad,” Mark Sr said.

In response to the negative comments that are being made, Reid who has been working at Sheriff Security for the better part of six years said he does not know D.L.B. personally although they worked for the same boss.

“I may have seen him maybe once or twice when I was working at the gate in Oyster Pond when he went to pick up his mother who works there. This company has many locations and if I am working on the north side, it’s not easy for me to know who works on the south side, but I never even spoke with him,” Reid stated.

“People are talking about that he is the baby’s father and all of that nonsense, it’s just that the devil came knocking on my door that night,” Reid pointed out. A grieving and now frustrated Latoya also vented her anger on the negative remarks that are being leveled against her at a time when she needs consolation instead.

“Some people saying that the guy is my boyfriend, I don’t even know him, I never saw him I only know his mother and that is really bad, it’s not right for people to say things like that,” she said.

Reid Sr also expressed his concerns when he was told that on the day of the funeral, it may be a closed casket. “That means that my son got damaged real badly with multiple stab wounds. From what I saw, he had bruises on his face, but I was not able to see the rest of his body.”

Even if the couple had decided to remain there, the vivid chalk marks along the crime scene will cause them to remember what transpired on the night of April 2 in front of the Wing Li Supermarket. – TSXM

NEW PHOTOS: From home in Middle Region infants death

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 Morgan points to a spot on a couch which was blood splattered. D.L.B lied down on the same couch prior to his vicious attack on the two month old child

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Reid points to the area where D.L.B smashed to gain entry into the house

St. Maarten  – Public opinions that have been appearing in the social media about to the circumstances leading up to the bizarre killing of two months old Mark Reid Jr, is only adding insult to injury for the Jamaican couple who are still grappling with the tragic loss.

While the investigation into the murder which took place shortly before midnight on Tuesday evening is still in its initial stages, the speculations leading up to the killing of the two months old has been blown out of proportion by public opinion.

However, that is just one aspect Latoya Morgan and Mark Reid Sr, have to deal with in the aftermath of the tragedy. They still have to await to results on the autopsy to determine the actual cause of death before they can plan the funeral and they are now planning to relocate from the house in Middle Region after three years.

The couple was finally allowed to return to the house late on Wednesday afternoon after the police had collected physical evidence. When theToday was invited to visit the scene of the crime yesterday, a glass table which was smashed by D.L.B was placed outside for removal.

A piece of board partially covered the smashed window to the right of the door which allowed D.L.B to gain entry into the apartment. A deathly silence filled the air. “I cannot stay here anymore because of what took place here, I have to find somewhere else to go,” Morgan said.

She however expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams who took time off from her usually busy schedule to console her personally on Wednesday and her employers at Oyster Bay Resorts who provided the couple with a room to stay for a while.

“My landlord is a nice person and we have a good relationship. She even offered to bar up the windows for me, but I cannot stay here, the memories will always haunt me,” Morgan added. The first opportunity to see the earthly remains of Mark Jr presented itself yesterday when the parents were asked to identify the body officially in the presence of the police and as it turned out, that was not exactly a nice experience.

“I could not handle that, the father and his grandmother went, I don’t know how I will deal with it at the funeral,” the mother said. But as the father, Mark Sr had to do something he never even dreamt he would have to do.

“It takes a strong man to go and see his baby son lying dead and not being able to even touch him because that was not allowed. That man messed up my son real bad, it is real sad,” Mark Sr said.

In response to the negative comments that are being made, Reid who has been working at Sheriff Security for the better part of six years said he does not know D.L.B. personally although they worked for the same boss.

“I may have seen him maybe once or twice when I was working at the gate in Oyster Pond when he went to pick up his mother who works there. This company has many locations and if I am working on the north side, it’s not easy for me to know who works on the south side, but I never even spoke with him,” Reid stated.

“People are talking about that he is the baby’s father and all of that nonsense, it’s just that the devil came knocking on my door that night,” Reid pointed out. A grieving and now frustrated Latoya also vented her anger on the negative remarks that are being leveled against her at a time when she needs consolation instead.

“Some people saying that the guy is my boyfriend, I don’t even know him, I never saw him I only know his mother and that is really bad, it’s not right for people to say things like that,” she said.

Reid Sr also expressed his concerns when he was told that on the day of the funeral, it may be a closed casket. “That means that my son got damaged real badly with multiple stab wounds. From what I saw, he had bruises on his face, but I was not able to see the rest of his body.”

Even if the couple had decided to remain there, the vivid chalk marks along the crime scene will cause them to remember what transpired on the night of April 2 in front of the Wing Li Supermarket. – TSXM

Photo: D le Blanc Entering police vehicle

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D.leB., suspect in the death of two-month-old Mark Reid Jr leaving court house – Photo TDH

PHILIPSBURG–D.leB., suspect in the death of two-month-old Mark Reid Jr., was led before the Judge of Instruction on Friday morning, April 5.

At the hearing, the Judge heard details of the crime and prosecutors requested that the suspect’s pre-trial detention be extended while they gathered more evidence and carried out their investigation. The Judge granted their request and ordered eight more days of pre-trial detention for D.leB.

When asked to comment, the suspect’s attorney Shaira Bommel told The Daily Herald it was too early in the investigation to comment.

D.leB. is the primary suspect in the baby’s death. He was arrested late Tuesday evening, April 2.

BREAKING NEWS: Judge issues warrant for further detention of Le Blanc for the murder of the 2 month old baby

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Murder suspect Dalton le Blanc was led before the Judge of instruction in Philipsburg on Friday after nine (9am).

The Judge heard the details of the crime that have been gathered by the investigators. This was the basis of the prosecutions request for more detention time in order to conduct their investigation.

Dalton le Blanc is the main suspect in the violent death of Mark Reid Junior on Tuesday evening in Middle Region.

The Judge found that the evidence presented by the prosecution was enough to warrant the further detention of the suspect who was represented by Attorney Shaira Bommel.

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LATEST UPDATE: Grieving parents faced with another dilemma

Latoya, Mark and Mark Jr. Reid. Photo – Today

St. Maarten – Public opinions that have been appearing in the social media about to the circumstances leading up to the bizarre killing of two months old Mark Reid Jr, is only adding insult to injury for the Jamaican couple who are still grappling with the tragic loss.

While the investigation into the murder which took place shortly before midnight on Tuesday evening is still in its initial stages, the speculations leading up to the killing of the two months old has been blown out of proportion by public opinion.

However, that is just one aspect Latoya Morgan and Mark Reid Sr, have to deal with in the aftermath of the tragedy. They still have to await to results on the autopsy to determine the actual cause of death before they can plan the funeral and they are now planning to relocate from the house in Middle Region after three years.

The couple was finally allowed to return to the house late on Wednesday afternoon after the police had collected physical evidence. When the Today was invited to visit the scene of the crime yesterday, a glass table which was smashed by D.L.B was placed outside for removal.

A piece of board partially covered the smashed window to the right of the door which allowed D.L.B to gain entry into the apartment. A deathly silence filled the air. “I cannot stay here anymore because of what took place here, I have to find somewhere else to go,” Morgan said.

She however expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams who took time off from her usually busy schedule to console her personally on Wednesday and her employers at Oyster Bay Resorts who provided the couple with a room to stay for a while.

“My landlord is a nice person and we have a good relationship. She even offered to bar up the windows for me, but I cannot stay here, the memories will always haunt me,” Morgan added. The first opportunity to see the earthly remains of Mark Jr presented itself yesterday when the parents were asked to identify the body officially in the presence of the police and as it turned out, that was not exactly a nice experience.

“I could not handle that, the father and his grandmother went, I don’t know how I will deal with it at the funeral,” the mother said. But as the father, Mark Sr had to do something he never even dreamt he would have to do.

“It takes a strong man to go and see his baby son lying dead and not being able to even touch him because that was not allowed. That man messed up my son real bad, it is real sad,” Mark Sr said.

In response to the negative comments that are being made, Reid who has been working at Sheriff Security for the better part of six years said he does not know D.L.B. personally although they worked for the same boss.

“I may have seen him maybe once or twice when I was working at the gate in Oyster Pond when he went to pick up his mother who works there. This company has many locations and if I am working on the north side, it’s not easy for me to know who works on the south side, but I never even spoke with him,” Reid stated.

“People are talking about that he is the baby’s father and all of that nonsense, it’s just that the devil came knocking on my door that night,” Reid pointed out. A grieving and now frustrated Latoya also vented her anger on the negative remarks that are being leveled against her at a time when she needs consolation instead.

“Some people saying that the guy is my boyfriend, I don’t even know him, I never saw him I only know his mother and that is really bad, it’s not right for people to say things like that,” she said.

Reid Sr also expressed his concerns when he was told that on the day of the funeral, it may be a closed casket. “That means that my son got damaged real badly with multiple stab wounds. From what I saw, he had bruises on his face, but I was not able to see the rest of his body.”

Even if the couple had decided to remain there, the vivid chalk marks along the crime scene will cause them to remember what transpired on the night of April 2 in front of the Wing Li Supermarket.  – Milton G Pieters TODAY

THE WHOLE TRUE STORY: Suspect in custody – Mother: baby was killed in house

Latoya, Mark and Mark Jr. Reid. Photo Today / Milton Pieters 
 
(TODAY) – St. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters – When Latoya Morgan tucked in her two month old child to sleep during the early stages of Tuesday evening, she had no idea it would be the last time. Less than five hours after, that child, Mark Reid Jr was dead, now the still distraught mother wants to set the record straight.

As the entire island fights hard to come to grips with what unfolded late on Tuesday evening in Middle Region, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has extended her heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.

Morgan, a mother of three who is originally from Jamaica and works in Oyster Bay, lives in the apartment at Middle Region #107 with Mark Reid, the father of the now dead infant also from Jamaica who is employed as Sheriff Security.

According to an earlier media report the baby was brutally killed on the road by a man who had suffered a mental breakdown. According to the article, prior to the alleged snatching of the baby from its home in Middle Region.

In a brief response from the Prosecutors Office up to late yesterday afternoon, this newspaper was told that the details of the crime scene are still being analyzed and it’s far too early to ascertain the probable cause of death.

The man, who also works at Sheriff Security, was involved in a road rage which started at the club in Defiance and left several cars damaged in its wake before making a hasty exit on foot after the car he was driving crashed into a wall.

Realizing that the police was in hot pursuit, the man, whose initials were given as D.L.B, from Dominica sought refuge in the nearest house which turned out to be the one Morgan and Reid live in.

“Me and the baby were asleep when I heard a sound and I jumped up quickly,” Morgan said in a quivering tone of voice. Morgan’s initial thought was that the person who had already gained entry into her downstairs apartment was a thief, but had no idea that the man had another motive and was not mentally stable.

“The front door was wide open and I saw the man with no shirt on the couch and babbling something like 999, to himself. I decided to hide behind the bathroom door and kept my eyes on him through a small hole. When he made his move, the first place he looked was in the bathroom, but he did not see me, then he went into the bedroom,” Morgan added.

Oblivious of what had occurred a short distance away on the public road, Morgan, who was fearful for her life made a dash for her front door and shouted for help. “I figured out, it had to be a thief, I had no idea that the life of my son was at risk. I went upstairs to my landlord and banged on her door but she did not respond then until I struck the window again with a remote and I told her someone was in my house,” she said.

Morgan said that her landlord called the police and was told that a patrol was already in the Middle Region area and would respond as soon as possible. “I heard the baby cry while I was upstairs and thought, ok, maybe the noise woke him up. It was my landlord who saw him leaving the house, but because the place was dark, I could not see what he had in his hands, it was someone else that noticed it,” she blurted out.

Morgan’s fears worsened when she finally decided to return to her apartment which at that stage was ransacked. “I was not looking for signs of blood when I went back inside, I wanted to see if my son was okay, but I never saw my baby again,” she said.

In her quick assessment of the situation, Morgan said that she saw a few drops of blood on the porch and people was telling her to take it easy. The removal of a Holy Bible from the crib along with the baby was a clear sign that the man in custody is not in his right frame of mind.

“I did not even know my son was dead; the police told me, they said that my son died after the man slammed him down on the road a few times, that is not true, cause if the baby was alive when he was taking him from the house, he would have cried all the time. I was told after that my son was stabbed in his chest and his arms and his feet were broken,” Morgan pointed out.

Ironically, the situation might have been worse if Morgan’s eldest daughter age 15 had spent the night there. “She would have been on that couch and she would have been the first person he would kill, it’s a good thing she was staying at her father.”

“This whole thing is really heart breaking for me to know that I putting my life on the line to protect other people’s lives and property while my own is a target,” said Reid who had left for work in Oyster Bay shortly before the gruesome attack.

With his head bowed down and looking aimlessly at the tiled floor, Reid said, “I have to ask God to give us the faith from this storm. But after this storm, there must be a calm,” Reid Sr said. As a seasoned football goal keeper, Reid had big plans for his still infant son.

“I was looking forward to seeing him playing in the future, I even took him to the futsal games and no parent wants to see their child die like that. If they were sick and die, that was okay, but for somebody to violate your home and kill a baby, that should not happen on St Maarten, babies are innocent,” Reid said.

Even with the accused in custody, Reid does not feel that he will get the justice he deserves. “They said that he is sick in his head, he will get medical attention maybe a few months behind bars and then he back on the road. But nothing they do to him will bring back my son, nothing can erase my pain.”

Looking back briefly in retrospect, Reid said that the two months they spent with Mark Jr were wonderful. “That baby never gave his mother or me any kind of trouble, he was a special baby and loved by many,” he said.

For now, the grieving couple will have to deal with the planning of funeral arrangements for Mark Jr. However, Reid Sr is already thinking about having a memorial futsal tournament in memory of his only son.