Mukeisha Maynard

Funeral next week: Mukeisha Maynard

Mukeisha Maynard, eight, was not raped by her killer father.

And she will be dressed like a princess with a crown when her ­funeral is held next Tuesday.

This is according to her mother, Maysonia Thomas, who said yesterday the post-mortem showed her daughter was not raped.

The funeral takes place at Simpson’s Funeral Home, Laventille.

The funeral of Mukeisha’s father, Michael Maynard, will take place at noon tomorrow at his mother’s home at Margaret Cipriani Street, Kelly Village, Caroni.

Mukeisha was beaten to death with a cutlass last Saturday by her father, and was found dead by her ten-year-old brother, Makessi. Maynard then took his own life.

Thomas told the Express her daughter’s body was released yesterday from Forensic Science Centre, St James, but the autopsy results are still pending because the pathologists explained to her that they need to run blood tests to determine whether she was poisoned.

Thomas said she asked specifi­cally whether Mukeisha’s father also raped the child, after learning that he (Maynard) was out on bail for rape.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service stated on Tuesday that Maynard was arrested for rape in 2018, and was released on bail.

While many knew of Mukeisha’s constant abuse, nothing was done to remove her from the clutches of her father.

Her mother said in death, her daughter’s casket will be adorned with the things she liked most, such as her toys, including Mickey Mouse. “She will be dressed like a princess, with a pink and white dress and a crown,” said Thomas, who added that she purchased the items yesterday.

Custody fight coming

There has been conflict between Thomas and Maynard’s relatives over Mukeisha and now Makessi, who is currently in the care of Maynard’s mother, Sandra Maynard, in Kelly Village.

Maynard’s relatives claimed they repeatedly pleaded with Thomas, who did not live with her daughter, to save Mukeisha, and she never did.

Thomas said she was unsure about how she feels about having Maynard’s family at Mukeisha’s funeral. She reiterated she thought her children were in the care of their grandmother, and not in any danger.

Thomas said she was asked to identify Mukeisha’s body on Monday at Forensic Science Centre. She said she saw her face and also saw bruise marks on her hands.

Thomas said her daughter celebrated her eighth birthday on January 7. She said she has not seen her son since she received news of the murder, but she intends to fight for custody.

Meanwhile, Maynard’s relatives said Makessi does not want to go to his mother, and they want to ensure he remains in their care.

Maynard’s sister, Celestine ­Oliver, told the Express her brother will be buried tomorrow after the funeral.

The police have indicated two reports were made against Maynard. The first was on September 10, 2011, when Mukeisha was just a baby, at eight months old.

According to the police, Maynard was arrested and charged with assaulting Mukeisha and her mother. The TTPS stated that matter ­remained “pending for years”.

It stated that on April 6, 2019, a report was made about threats and child neglect against Maynard by his sister, Oliver.

Editor’s Note: This story corrects the spelling of Mukeisha, as given by her mother yesterday. The ‘Express’ has been spelling her name as Makisha, based on a release from the Ministry of Social Development.

The error is regretted.