Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mystar warns: Children need special attention


DEATH CAR: The car in which 17-month-old Jaedon Cudjoe died on Tuesday. —Photo: Dave Persad


PAY “extra special attention” to children.

This advice came yesterday to parents and guardians from public information officer for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Insp Wayne Mystar as police continue their investigations into the death of 17-month-old Jaedon Cudjoe.

Baby Jaedon was found dead in the back seat of his grandfather’s car at Petrotrin’s Clarke Road, Penal facility on Tuesday.

The grandfather, 56-year-old Jerricho Cudjoe from Old Quinam Road, Aquat Village, Penal, is currently assisting officers in their investigation, Mystar said at the weekly police press briefing at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.

Mystar said statements are currently being recorded in the matter, which he labelled a “serious issue”.

“The issue as it relates to the supervision of children, we take that very seriously and we are appealing and asking members of the public to pay extra special attention to children, toddlers, they need supervision and we need to give them that supervision in a meaningful way,” Mystar said.

According to reports, the grandfather was supposed to have dropped off baby Jaedon at the home of a relative who was the regular baby-sitter.

However, the man said he forgot that the child was strapped into the back seat of the car, which he had parked in the company’s parking lot, locked the doors and put up the windows and left to attend to his duties at around 7.30 a.m.

A police officer said the man was excited to report for work on Tuesday because he had been told he was being promoted. He received the call about the promotion while taking the child to the baby-sitter, police said.

The man returned to the vehicle at 4 p.m. to find little Jaedon unresponsive. The baby could not be revived, despite attempts by paramedics. The grandfather was said to be inconsolable, and several police officers also broke down and cried on seeing the tortured look on the child’s face.

Petrotrin Estate officers contacted Penal detectives, and Southern Division homicide officers have joined in the investigation.