6-month-old fed poison by mother dies

Linden poisoning

One day after the passing of his mother, six-month-old Malique Newton who was fed a poisonous substance succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The toddler died at about 05:00h in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Dead: Six-month-old Malique Newton

The now dead toddler and his eight-year-old sister were fed the poisonous substance by their mother, 24-year-old Temicia Sampson at their Phase 1B, Wisroc Squatting Area home. After feeding the children the substance, she reportedly ingested same.

Dead: Temecia Sampson

On Thursday last, Sampson and her children were taken to the hospital after consuming the poisonous substance.
The three were immediately admitted, with the mother’s condition being listed as critical. It was reported that the woman showed no sign of improvement and never regained consciousness. She died at about 00:22h on Sunday morning in the Intensive Care Unit of the Linden Hospital Complex.
In April 2018, 25-year-old Hofoswana Awena Rutherford killed her two children by poisoning them with carbon tablets
The woman was subsequently sentenced by Justice Navindra Singh to 98 years’ imprisonment on two counts of manslaughter.
On the first count, the killing of four-year-old Hodascia Cadogan, Rutherford was sentenced to 45 years’ jail; while on the second count, the killing of one-year-old Jabari Cadogan, she was ordered to serve 53 years’ jail time.
Rutherford had collapsed on the floor when the 12-member jury unanimously found her guilty on both counts on March 15, 2018.
The jury believed the State’s evidence that the mother had given each of her children half of a tablet of aluminium phosphide (rat poison) on March 27, 2014, at Supply Branch Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.