Woman, 21, charged with baby's death
RICKIE RAMDASS firstname.lastname@example.org
A 21-year-old woman appeared in the Sangre Grande Magistrates' Court today, charged with manslaughter, in connection with the death of her two day old baby boy.
Alicia Acevero, of Jane Smart Village, appeared before First Court Magistrate Rae Roopchand. She was not called upon to plead.
How the baby died was not disclosed in court. The Express was told on Tuesday that the official cause of death, following an autopsy, was undetermined.
Th body of the baby was found wrapped in a bag left near the
family home in Sangre Grande on October 4.
Acevero was represented by attorney Fareed Ali, who asked that the
court grant bail. Police Prosecutor Acting Sergeant Ramdeen objected, saying the offence was of a serious nature, and the State had a referral letter from a medical institution that requested the woman be sent for a psychiatric evaluation at the St Ann's Hospital.
Ali responded that his client would voluntarily go to the hospital, and it was up to the Magistrate to decide if St Ann's Hospital was a safe environment, since Acevero had no past medical history.
However, Magistrate Roochand denied the request and remanded the woman in custody, and that she be sent to the St Anns Hospital.
Acevero is to reappear on October 23.
The funeral for the baby was held today at Allen's Funeral Chapel in Guiaco, Sangre Grande. The funeral was attended by the baby's father and a small group of friends and relatives.