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Court will hear arguments over Bella’s remains in private

A Supreme Court judge yesterday decided that the court battle surrounding who gets responsibility of the body of four-year-old D’Onya “Bella” Walker be heard in closed session.

But Justice Loren Klein said he expects a decision to be handed down by the end of the week.

He said it was to protect the dignity of the deceased and because criminal proceedings are underway.

Klein said when the court is ready to rule, it will be delivered in open court. 

Bella’s maternal grandmother Monalisa Walker is seeking to have her body removed from Serenity Funeral Home, allowing her, and perhaps her mother, to make funeral arrangements. 

In court yesterday, Walker was represented by attorney Bjorn Ferguson. 

Bella’s father was present via Zoom and represented by attorney Maria Daxon. 

Police indicated that Bella died on November 5, after suffering blunt force trauma which resulted in punctured internal organs and broken ribs.

Ostonya Walker was charged with exposing a child to grievous harm and cruelty to children in connection with Bella’s death. Her boyfriend, Darion Smith, 33, was charged with murder and cruelty to children.

Walker was in court yesterday before Justice Guillimina Archer-Minnis seeking bail. That matter was adjourned to today.

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Kyle Walkine

Kyle started with The Nassau Guardian in June 2014 as a broadcast reporter. He began anchoring the newscast four months later. Kyle began writing national news and feature stories in 2016. He covers a wide range of national stories. He previously worked as a reporter at Jones Communications. Education: College of The Bahamas, Bachelor Media

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