(CMR) Jamaicans have taken to social media platforms in droves to express shock and outrage after news broke that a teen was on a life support machine following a fight that occurred at an illegal party.
The mother of 17-year-old Kaylan Dowdie said that her daughter remains unresponsive and unable to breathe on her own, after she and her friend, Tiffany, were “attacked” at a party in Barbican, St Andrew on November 7.
Veneisha Buckley, the mother of the teen, explained in a Facebook live video that she was originally informed that the fight got going as a result of a “bad look”.
Buckley said that her daughter was accused of staring at a woman badly and her friend Tiffany went to speak to the woman.
The woman in question, however told Buckley that the fight had nothing to do with her daughter but Dowdie attempted to help her friend, Tiffany, which resulted in her getting beat down.
According to Buckley, she later learned that four to six other women joined the brawl, one of whom used a Hennessy bottle to hit her daughter in the head.
“And a grown woman came up behind my child and hit her with a Hennessy bottle,” said Buckley, who described Kaylan as 5 ft 3 In weighing approximately 125 pounds.
“I heard that Kaylan was on the ground for nearly an hour and nobody helped her… everyone was running all round the place saying that she's dead, ” added Buckley.
Buckley said she was outraged when she heard that no one attempted to help her daughter, particularly the men at the dance, who she said just stood there and watched the women gang up on Kaylan and her friend.
“Kaylan don't know these people and a lot of the people around there said it is the first they are seeing this little girl,” said Buckley.
“Nobody don't know her but because she's friends with Tiffany… They know Tiffany because Tiffany is dating someone in that area and, the guy that is keeping the party is Tiffany's boyfriend,” added Buckley.
Buckley has said that she regrets allowing her daughter to attend the session.
A local media source revealed that some in the community were reluctant to assist the two teen girls, noting that because it was a party being held in breach of COVID-19 protocols they feared prosecution.
Jamaican police have since come out to say two of the women involved in the attack have turned themselves into police.
Police further shared that the event was originally shut down by lawmen from the Grants Pen Police Station at about 7:45 p.m.
On arrival of the officers, a laptop was seized and all patrons who had gathered at the party were instructed to leave.
Later that evening police say they received a report that a teen and another woman were beaten and stabbed by a group of women at the same location.