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'Relative saw doctor, got prescriptions'

Eight-year-old Demario Ragoonanan will be buried on Friday.

The Standard Two pupil of the Ste Clement's Vedic Primary School was found unconscious on Monday, hanging by a curtain in a bedroom of his Fourth Street, St Madeline, home. He was pronounced dead at the San Fernando General Hospital.

A female relative was taken to the Homicide Bureau (South), where she was questioned.

Yesterday, another relative contacted the Express via Facebook with the information that the woman had received prescriptions over the weekend for the drugs Paxil and Rivotril after visiting a doctor because she felt unwell. Paxil is an antidepressant drug and Rivotril is used for seizure disorders. The relative said the drugs were used.

Anil Gosine, chief executive officer of the South West Regional Health Authority, said yesterday he will attempt to get more information concerning the incident from hospital officials.

An autopsy conducted at the Forensic Science Centre, in St James, by Dr Hughvon Des Vignes concluded that the child died of ligature strangulation, which was consistent with death by hanging. Corporal Beharry of the Ste Madeleine police is investigating.

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