The American Navy has confirmed its investigation into one of its officers, Leoda Bradshaw, who was recently arrested and charged along with her reported accomplices for the alleged kidnapping and murder of Phillip Paulwell’s infant daughter and her mother.
Following Bradshaw’s arrest, the Navy confirmed that the 34-year-old is a Navy petty officer assigned to a talent acquisition team in Miami, Florida. Bradshaw has been accused of orchestrating the September 9 kidnapping of Sarayah Paulwell and her mother, Toshyna Patterson.
The petty officer allegedly left the United States solely for the pair’s kidnapping and murder, for which she made a down payment of $100,000 with an additional $400,000 promised to her accomplices to complete the task. In its statement to NBC 6 South Florida News yesterday, the Navy confirmed that its Criminal Investigative Service is investigating its officer’s role in Sarayah and Patterson’s deaths.
The organisation noted that the matter was already being investigated by the Jamaican authorities and that the Navy is cooperating completely with appropriate investigative and law enforcement authorities. The Navy added that it takes all allegations of misconduct seriously.
Following her appearance in court last Friday, Bradshaw is expected to return to court on December 1. She has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to kidnap, two counts of capital murder, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of conspiracy to murder.