16 year old Boy in jail for for stabbing one of his mothers attackers


TDH -DUTCH QUARTER–The parents of a 16-year-old student are calling on police to take action against a group of boys who hang around Madrid Drive in Dutch Quarter and wreak havoc in the area.

Parents, Julien Grell and Joselin Vincente, made the call after their son, Milton Peters College (MPC) TKL 3 student Joceidy Grell, was arrested for stabbing one of the boys in what the parents said was self-defense after the group of boys tried to attack his older brother, pelted his mother with a large stone and one of them attempted to shock him on his neck with a taser gun twice.

The parents believe the police are doing nothing to find the culprit although they arrested their son.

In an invited comment police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson said that while he had no knowledge of this particular case, once an official complaint was filed the detectives did their jobs. He said he would look into the matter and get back to The Daily Herald.

Joselin said she had been home Friday, September 6, when she opened the door around 7:30pm to see why the dogs were barking. She said a young man from the area, whose alias starts with the initial C, told her that she should “go up the street to check on her older son because he was in trouble.”

When she went, her older son denied that there was a problem. The older son then asked C., who had two rocks in his hand, why he had told his mother that he was in trouble and asked him if he wanted to fight.

Vincente said an argument had ensued and about eight or nine other young men armed with machetes and knives surrounded them. Vincente said she and another parent had attempted to separate the boys so that they would not fight. She said someone threw a stone in her back during the fracas and showed this newspaper the fresh injury that she received from the stone. Vincente said her younger son Joceidy, who is now incarcerated, had showed up and rushed to her aid.

During the fracas C. attempted to shock her son with a taser gun. The son knocked away the taser gun, ran to his home and returned with a knife. When C. tried to put the taser gun to Joceidy’s neck again he reacted by stabbing C. in the side of his stomach. Vincente said her vehicle had been stoned later and the front glass as well as several other parts of the vehicle damaged.

When the police arrived on the scene all the boys who had machetes and knives ran away and only C. remained on the scene. Even with the police present C. wanted to fight and was aggressive towards the police, Vincente said. The police detained Joceidy.

The parents said they had not had a chance to see their son since he had been detained. They were also upset that his detention had been extended by eight days earlier this week even though he has to go to school.

Henson said the extension of someone’s detention was the job of the prosecutor.

The parents said that although their son had been detained for several days, the police said they had to look for C. The parents said that while they did not condone what their son had done it appears as though the police were not pursuing the aggressor in the incident.

The parents said their younger son was a good child who never had been involved in a fight or negative incident. They said he was a quiet boy who stayed at home and did not trouble anyone. They said the group of boys constantly caused trouble in that area, broke into people’s homes, stole, sold drugs, and if anyone complained about it they were beaten up and the police did nothing about it.

Vincente said police were called to the area weekly to deal with these boys and nothing ever happened, as they were left to continue tormenting residents.

She said she had no peace since her son had been in jail, and claimed that the boys had been laughing at her. She said her son could have been killed or seriously hurt by the taser gun. “My son is a quiet boy. I think they [the group of boys from the area] had a plan to fight my kids for no reason,” Vincente said.

She said her younger son had said he became angry when the boys pelted his mother with a rock. “I don’t want my son’s name to get dirty because of these boys.”


Take charge of you children s health – Prepare healthy snacks for school

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GREAT BAY – Nutrition related health problems in children are increasingly significant causes of disability and premature death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The problem of overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions globally, and both developed and developing countries are seriously affected.

In some countries, the epidemic of obesity sits alongside continuing problems of under nutrition, creating a double-burden of nutrition-related ill health among the population, including children.

The St. Maarten Health Study, “How Healthy is St. Maarten?” indicated that on a daily basis 31 percent of the participants don’t consume breakfast; 63 percent don’t consume vegetables and 66 percent don’t consume fruits.  Based on these results it is likely that this lifestyle is also practice by their descendants.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), executing agency of the Ministry of Public Health and the Minister of Public Health Cornelius de Weever, via his ‘Get Checked’ campaign, strongly recommends to parents and guardians to prepare healthy snacks for their children throughout the new school year 2013-2014.  Healthy choices equal healthy children and healthy smiles!

“Having healthy school meals also influences the student’s attention and learning ability.  Please be proactive and provide them with healthy meals because the quick and easy products are convenient but not necessarily healthy.  Make the right choices for your children,” Minister de Weever said.

Improving the nutritional status of school-age children is an effective investment for improving educational outcomes of school children and ensuring a healthy population.

Establishing healthy dietary and physical activity patterns among young people thereby promotes health and nutritional well-being and preventing obesity and various non-communicable diseases.

In making healthy foods and beverages available at home and for school, and in providing, supporting and encouraging opportunities for physical activity, parents can influence their children’s behavior.

Simultaneously parents are advised to live and promote a healthy lifestyle because children’s behavior is often shaped by observation and adaptation.

Here are some tips for children and adolescents: provide healthy breakfast before each school day; don’t leave home without breakfast; serve healthy school snacks to children (whole-grain, vegetables and fruits); promote and encourage the intake of fruits and vegetables.  Introduce the children to local fruits e.g. sour sap, guava, passion fruit, mango etc.

Restrict intake of energy-dense, micronutrient-poor foods (e.g. packaged snacks); restrict intake of sugars-sweetened soft drinks; ensure an opportunity for family meals; provide information and skills to make healthy food choices.

Promote regular intake of water and physical exercise and get your child involved in 


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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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.







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