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Dead baby's mom released

THE teenage mother of a 14-day-old baby girl who died as a result of blunt force trauma to the back of the head was released from the Central Police Station on Sunday pending further investigations into the death of her child.

The baby, Phylicia, lived with the 16-year-old girl off Duke Street, East Dry River, Port of Spain, a stone's throw away from where another baby, Jinayah , was allegedly bitten by her father a few days earlier.

The father has since been charged.

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

The teenager further told them that assuming it may have been indigestion, she fed the baby coconut water and prune juice but when the child's condition did not improve she then took her to the hospital.

On Friday however the child's body was examined at the Forensic Science Centre 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 that day 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 teenaged mother.

—GG

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