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Jamaica: Court rejects grandma’s last-ditch bid to avoid prison in child custody case

A grandmother facing nine months in prison arising from an international child custody battle has failed in her last-ditch attempt to have the sentence lifted.

Daisy Raymond was sentenced in the Supreme Court last December after she failed, over a two-year period, to comply with two court orders to return her then six-year-old grandson to his father in Jamaica.

Raymond had taken the child to her daughter and the boy’s biological mother, Lacy-Ann Raymond, in the United States in August 2018 under an agreement that she would return him to his father the following month, according to court documents obtained by The Gleaner.

But she returned to the island without the child, triggering a flurry of legal action by the child’s father, Desmond McKenzie, to be reunited with his son.

Daisy Raymond’s nine-month sentence was suspended for three months to allow her more time to try to convince her daughter to return the child. That period expired on Monday.

But without complying with the order, the retired teacher, who resides in Portland, retained a new attorney and filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking to have the nine-month sentence discharged.

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