RESHMI RAMRATTAN appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with killing her son Roshan Ramrattan two days before he celebrated his second birthday.
Ramrattan, 19, stared blankly as the charge was read to her by Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.
It is alleged that on September 29, at School Road, Bonne Aventure, Gasparillo, she unlawfully killed Roshan Ramrattan.
Ramrattan was not called upon to plead to the indictable charge laid by Acting Corporal Mahindra Gadoo of Gasparillo Police Station.
Police prosecutor Ramdath Phillip objected to bail being granted to the accused. Phillip said the officer who laid the charge was unable to get a tracing on the teenager and he asked for time to have her criminal background checked.
"The charge was laid today (yesterday). That section (of the charge) will give them (the police) that extra time," Rambachan said.
Defence attorney Subhas Panday was told of his client's right to apply to a judge in chamber for bail. She was remanded in prison custody to return to court on Monday.
Relatives, including Roshan's father, were seen exiting the court following the matter.
Roshan, the only child to his parents, died after he was taken to San Fernando General Hospital on Saturday night.
An autopsy conducted on the child's birthday on Monday found that he died from blunt craniocerebral trauma and also suffered multiple blunt traumatic injuries.
Roshan was laid to rest on Wednesday with family members surrounding his coffin with gifts and a birthday cake in memory of his birthday.