DIANA Ramsaroop said she thought the man suspected of killing her two-month-old baby was a quiet person, who would often tell her that he loved her and the newborn.
Ramsaroop said the man never physically abused her, and she is confused why he would hurt a child.
“When things were nice with us I would ask him if he liked the baby. He always said he loved me and the baby. I told him that the baby was the spitting image of him, so if he didn’t like the child he didn’t like himself,” Ramsaroop told the Express yesterday.
Baby Andre Feroze Mowlah died of blunt force trauma on Sunday after he was thrown to the floor in a fit of rage, allegedly by a close male relative.
The incident was witnessed by the child’s mother at their home at Erin Road.
Ramsaroop, her sister Jaime Ramsaroop and the relative took the child for medical treatment but he died within an hour.
The infant suffered multiple fractures to the skull, and a severe contusion to the brain, an autopsy found on Monday.
A 34-year-old mechanic and truck driver, of La Romaine, near San Fernando, was detained by police for questioning on Sunday, and remained in police custody yesterday.
Ramsaroop, 35, said yesterday, “I am not doing well. I am just surviving.”
Ramsaroop, a security guard, said the suspect had thrown the child before, but had apologised.
“He never hit me, but he might hold me and shake me, and push me to the wall. He would throw away my car keys, but after he would say he sorry, and go and look for the keys,” she said.
She said on Sunday around 8 a.m., she and the relative were arguing when he grabbed the sleeping infant from his crib and threw him onto the wooden floor.
Ramsaroop said the suspect blocked her from picking up the child, and threatened to kill her.
The child’s mother said she has given statements to police officers of the Point Fortin CID and Homicide Division (South).
Detectives said that the case is being treated as a murder investigation.
The baby will be given its final rights today at a funeral service at 2 p.m. then will be buried at the Cap-de-Ville Public Cemetery.
Acting Sgt Solomon is investigating. The suspect is expected to be charged before Thursday.