No criminal liability in death of Westmoreland mother and children
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
A Coroner's jury has found that no one was criminally responsible for the deaths of 41-year-old nurse Carol Clayton Waldron and her two daughters, 14-year-old Kadijah Waldron and three-month-old Ashley Waldron.
The mother and her daughters were discovered dead in a room at the Toby Inn on Kent Avenue, Montego Bay on the morning of November 3, 2007.
Waldron, who lived in Westmoreland, had taken her daughters to Montego Bay where she checked into the hotel the Friday evening.
They were found dead the next morning.
The five-member jury handed down their ruling at the end of a two-day hearing on Wednesday before for St James Coroner Sheron Barnes.
Security guard Orlando Hyman said that about 6 o’ clock on the fateful morning, he alerted hotel manager Conrad Chin to strange sounds inside the room.
When Chin attempted to open the room door with the hotel keys, he found the doors to have been bolted from the inside.
Chin broke a glass door on the balcony and entered the room, where he saw the two children on beds in the room and the mother in the bathtub.
Detective Corporal Dainsworth Bailey, one of the first police officers on the scene, saw a syringe and a bottle with liquid in the room.
He saw no signs of violence on the bodies, other than a cloth around the neck of Waldron.
He also said there was a seven-page suicide note' in the room, written to the woman’s estranged husband Michael, and other persons.
Handwriting expert Deputy Superintendent of Police William Smiley gave evidence that he examined samples of handwritings and found them to be written by the same person - Carol Waldron.
The post mortem reports revealed that the three died from drug toxicity.
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