Newborn dies mysteriously, parents arrested

Police are investigating the death of a baby girl, who mysteriously died on November 9, some four days after she was born at the Georgetown Public Hospital. She was born on November 5 to a 27-year-old housewife and a 52-year-old driver. Reports are on November 7, the mother and her baby were discharged and they proceeded to their home at Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara. However, 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 was going for a routine checkup. She told investigators that at around 10:00h, she left her newborn with her husband and her elder daughter in the car as she proceeded to visit the doctor. At around 12:08h, she returned to the car where she observed that the baby was crying uncontrollably and breathing heavily. She also noticed that the baby was only wearing her diaper. At that point, she fed the child some water and the newborn slept. The woman in her statement to Police said that at 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, at around 18:05h, the child was taken to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where she was seen and examined 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. The parents are in custody assisting with the investigation. A post-mortem examination will be conducted.