Fuad calls for probe into newborn’s death; lifeless 8-month-old boy found in Morvant
INVESTIGATIONS have been launched into the deaths of two babies, one just after being born at the Port of Spain General Hospital, and the other allegedly at the hands of a close male relative.
Details about the death of the newborn are sketchy.
According to a patient at the Maternity Ward of the Port of Spain General Hospital, the child was born on Monday, two months premature. The patient, who did not want to be identified, told the Express the child was born by Cesarean section. No-one was able to say what happened, but when relatives of the child’s mother and a police constable demanded to see the child’s body, the boy was found with a swollen neck and his face was black and blue.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan last night confirmed the incident, and said he has since requested the chairman of the North-West Regional Health Authority Dr Eddie Haqq investigate this matter.
Khan also told the Express he sympathises with the parents of this child, as it was very difficult for anyone to lose their child after bearing it for so long. He said, however, there needed to be a probe of ante-natal care in Trinidad and Tobago, as he was informed that quite a number of pregnant women in the country opted not to use this service as they “complain of feeling unwell”. He said this may be one of the contributing factors to the death rate of infants in Trinidad and Tobago, adding it was an issue that had to be dealt with.
The death of a second child occurred on Tuesday.
Morvant police said sometime on Tuesday night they went to a house at Angelina Terrace in Morvant, where they found the lifeless body of eight-month-old Sidney Emmanuel Stellan.
Police said they were given a report by the child’s mother and went in search of a male suspect said to be a close relative of the child, but he remained on the run up to last night.
A post-mortem was done on the child’s body yesterday morning by pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, which concluded the child died as a result of blunt force trauma to the body, police said.
Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.