As joy over the recovery of 18-month-old Akelia Patten reverberated from a remote north Clarendon district to the city streets of Montego Bay, a clear motive has not emerged despite family claims that a soured romantic relationship may have been at the root of the dramatic gunpoint abduction.
Angela Patten, the grandmother of Akelia ‘Paris’ Patten, breathed a sigh of relief following news that her granddaughter had been found after an intensive police investigation over a heart-stopping 72 hours.
She believes that the case turned on the power of prayer and her belief in divine deliverance.
“I am a praying mother. It’s been a lot of pressure on me ‘cause I cry go and I cry come,” Patten told The Gleaner from her home in the rural Clarendon community of Desire in James Hill.
Patten, 51, said that Akelia, the youngest of her son’s three children, had been spending time at the Clarendon home and left for St James on Sunday – the day before she was abducted. She said that she broke down in tears when she saw the picture of the missing toddler had gone viral on Wednesday.