Kaylan Dowdie is the 17-year-old Jamaican woman who was beaten and stabbed at a party during an altercation with “adult females,” according to a GoFundMe page that has been set up to help her family pay for medical expenses. The attack occurred on November 7 in Kingston, Jamaica, according to Buzz.
Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star and dancehall legend Spice tweeted about the incident, saying, “Wow I’m lost for much words . How can you gang and beat someone next to death just because they look at you, ‘You don’t like the way she looked at you’ really 🤬🤬🤬. PULL THROUGH KAYLAN BEAT THE DEVIL . The doctor says she has 1% chance to live but God can turn this into 💯.” The singer posted photos of Dowdie in her hospital bed as well as a photo of the alleged suspects in the attack. Spice followed up with a separate, now unavailable, tweet, saying, “Mankind heart cold to blood…”
Dowdie Was ‘Hit in the Back of the Head With a Bottle,’ Which Left Her With a Fractured Skull
According to Dowdie’s GoFundMe page, the teen got involved in a “verbal exchange” with five women at a party. One of the five women hit Dowdie in the back of the head with a bottle, according to the page, fracturing her skull while also stabbing her in the neck. According to the page, the five suspects, two of whom are mother and daughter, continued to beat Dowdie while she lay on the floor. Dowdie’s mother, Veneisha Buckley, told Buzz she heard that her daughter was left on the ground at the party for almost an hour with no medical attention.
Dowdie suffered a broken arm and possible internal injuries, according to the GoFundMe page. At the time of writing the page had raised close to £8,000. Dowdie remained unconscious and on life support inside the University of West Indies Hospital, and Buzz reported she may be paralyzed.
Spice’s fellow dancehall artists Ce’Cile and Renee 6:30 have also drawn attention to Dowdie’s case on social media. Ce’Cile posted a photo of Dowdie in her hospital bed and said in the caption, “It seems there is some personal satisfaction in being evil, in being distasteful, in being disrespectful on social media as well as in everyday life.” Ce’Cile also expressed her outrage that the attack was allegedly perpetrated by “other women.” Renee 6:30 posted the same photo and wrote that she was praying for Dowdie’s speedy recovery adding, “God nah sleep.”
Jamaican comedian Shebada came under criticism in the aftermath of the attack for showing no sympathy for Dowdie, as the party she was attending was in breach of Jamaica’s COVID-19 protocols. Police had already responded to and “shut down” the party earlier in the evening, Buzz reported.
Buzz reported on November 14 that two women, ages 29 and 33, “turned themselves in to the police in connection with the incident.”
In a video circulating on social media, one of Dowdie’s alleged attackers said that she was innocent. The alleged suspect says in the video that she did “nothing wrong” and asked people to stop circulating her photo across the internet.
Dowdie’s Mother Says She Was Told Her Daughter Will Not Pull Through
The Jamaica Star reported that Dowdie was known as the “comedian” of her household. According to the report, Dowdie was formerly a student at Papine High School. Her mother, Buckley, told the Star, “I am just coming from the hospital and the doctors are telling me that she is not going to make it. Is one percent chance dem give mi baby to live, just one percent. The one percent is just because her eyes are open. My baby cannot breathe on her own at all. The doctors say they can’t take her off the machine. They beat my baby and gave her one percent at life.”
Buckley went on to say that the beating began when a woman asked her daughter what she was looking at, which prompted a confrontation. Buckley added that the other party attendees “enjoyed the show” and did not help as one of her daughter’s friends began to panic. At the time of writing, no arrests had been made in the case.