Sunday, January 21, 2018

14-day-old baby dies; mother held

A SIXTEEN-year-old girl was arrested yesterday following the death of her 14-day-old baby who died as a result of blunt force trauma to the back of her head.

The baby, Phylicia, lived with her mother at Pitchery Lane which is off Duke Street, East Dry River, Port of Spain, which is literally a stone's throw away from where another baby, Jinayah, was allegedly bitten by her father a few days earlier.

"I think is a bush bath we need here," neighbours told the Express yesterday.

Police said that around 7 p.m. on Thursday, the baby was brought to the Port of Spain General Hospital by her mother who told doctors the baby kept vomiting and would not stop.

The teenager further told them she thought it was indigestion and she fed the baby coconut water and prune juice, but when the child's condition was not improving she decided to take the child to the hospital.

Yesterday, however, the child's body was examined at the Forensic Science Centre in St James where pathologist Hughvon Des Vignes concluded that Phylicia died as a result of blunt force trauma to the back of her head.

Shortly after noon yesterday, a team of Port of Spain Divisional officers led by Supt Ajith Persad along with Insps Sahadeo Singh and Coggins along with Cpls Budrie and Paul went to the house at Pitchery Lane and arrested the teenage mother.

She was being questioned by detectives up to 7 p.m. last night and while the police have not charged her they said they may have enough evidence to do so.

Besson Street CID officers are continuing investigations.