Autopsy performed, but cause of death yet to be determined

Mysterious death of baby

A post-mortem examination was performed on the body of the four-day-old baby who mysteriously died on November 9.
According to information received, the autopsy was conducted on Wednesday morning at the New Amsterdam Hospital mortuary in the presence of the child’s mother and a Policewoman.
The pathologist in his report said that there were no signs of forced penetration of the anus, since there were no bruises or lacerations.
However, shortly after being pronounced dead on arrival at the New Amsterdam Hospital, the baby was examined by doctors who said that her anus was “severely expanded”, according to a police report. Police sources had told <<<Guyana Times>>> that it was based on the doctors’ initial report that they began their investigation.
Notwithstanding, the results of the autopsy are not yet available. The pathologist said that the cause of death will be available within 24 hours.
The baby girl was born on November 5, to a 27-year-old housewife and a 52-year-old driver, at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
On November 7, the mother and baby were discharged and they proceeded to their home at Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
On November 9, the woman and her reputed husband as well as their eight-year-old daughter left home for the Georgetown Public Hospital where the mother had to undergo a routine check-up.
She told investigators that around 10:00h, she left her newborn with her reputed husband and her older daughter in the car as she proceeded to visit the doctor.
At approximately 12:08h, she returned to the car, where she observed that the baby was crying uncontrollably and was breathing heavily.
At that point, she fed the child some water and the newborn fell asleep. The woman in her statement to Police said that about 14:45h, the family proceeded to Blairmont, West Bank Berbice, where she was expected to stay with some family. During that time, the newborn again started crying and breathing heavily, as if she was suffocating. As a result, around 18:05h, the child was taken to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, where she was seen by a doctor who pronounced her dead on arrival. The body was examined and it was observed that the child’s anus was severely expanded.
Police are still conducting investigations.