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Woman charged with killing baby

A 40-year-old woman with a history of mental illness was yesterday charged with manslaughter in the death of her one-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors allege that Phillipa Arnette-Marshall, of Kemp Road, unlawfully caused the death of Philicia Marshall on February 14, 2018. Prosecutors allege that the woman doused her child with gasoline and set her afire at her Faith Gardens home after hearing voices on December 28, 2017.

The child remained in hospital until her death on February 14.

She was not required to enter a plea to the charge when she appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney. The matter has been adjourned to May 14 when it is expected it will be transferred to the Supreme Court for trial.

Her lawyer, Bjorn Ferguson, told the court that a remand at the Bahamas Department of Corrections would undo the treatment that she was receiving from psychiatrist Dr. Kirk Christie.

According to Ferguson, the accused had just been released from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center on Thursday after an 11-week stay.

He said that she surrendered to police on Friday and was charged with the offense.

Inspector Philip Davis, the prosecutor, objected to the grant of bail due to the serious nature of the charge. He also said that he had information that Arnette-Marshall was not complying with her treatment protocol and that as an adult her prospective sureties would be unable to force her to take her medication.

In light of Arnette-Marshall’s “special circumstances”, McKinney set bail at $15,000 with two sureties.

However, that decision has been suspended as the prosecutor gave notice of his intention to appeal. Arnette-Marshall remain in custody until the bail decision is reviewed by a superior court.

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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