resting: Josanne Charles at her Rancho Quemado, Erin, home yesterday. She was released from the San Fernando General Hospital to attend the funeral service of her five-month-old baby girl, Samayah, who was killed in a vehicular accident on Saturday. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON


Injured mom mourns child

By Susan Mohammed

BABY Samayah did not drown but died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to an autopsy done by pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov yesterday.

The five-month-old baby died in a car crash early Saturday morning while travelling home with her mother, Josanne Charles.

The driver of the vehicle, John Lee Apping, was also killed when his vehicle crashed into an oncoming car along SS Erin Road around 2.30 a.m.

Apping and baby Samayah were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police initially believed the baby had drowned when the vehicle landed in a flooded ditch.

Charles, who had been warded at hospital for injuries suffered to both arms, has been allowed by hospital authorities to return home, until after her child's funeral.

On the death of baby Samayah, she told the Express yesterday: "I am trying to be

strong, but it is very hard."

She has two other children— Renisha, four, and Josiah, two.

The funeral is expected to take place today at Los Bajos Church of the Open Bible and the burial at Los Bajos Public Cemetery.

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