Police probe deaths of two babies
By STACY MOORE Monday, October 29 2012
POLICE in Marabella and Moruga are investigating the deaths of two baby girls who died in separate incidents over the weekend.
In the first incident, Marabella police were called to investigate the death of a seven-month-old baby girl on Saturday.
Baby Narvash Alsop was believed to have died after falling off a bed at a house where she was staying at Fifth Street, Battoo Avenue, Marabella.
According to police, at about 9 am the mother left the baby in the care of a close relative for the day. The child was said to be left on the bed and when the relative returned to check on her, she saw baby Narvash on the floor between the bed and the wall. Investigators said they were told the woman returned the baby to the bed and a short while later she was alerted by another child that something was wrong. The woman found baby Narvash was frothing from the mouth. The infant was taken to a doctor in Marabella and then transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital, where she died two hours later.
When Newsday visited the house at Fifth Street, a close relative said the incident was an accident and that the infant would usually be taken there when her mother had to work.
He said the child’s death was a shock and that the woman who took care of the infant loved her like her own daughter.
“She can’t even sleep, she is crying and she suffers from heart problems. She is just so out of it and can’t believe the baby is dead,” the relative said. Up to late yesterday a woman was being questioned at the Marabella Police Station, in connection with the incident. An autopsy on the infant is expected to be performed today.
Act Sgt Williams is continuing investigations. Moruga police were also yesterday investigating the death of four-month-old baby girl Kalisa Matiste who died at the Princes Town Health Facility on Saturday.
Matiste was rushed to the facility by her mother. According to police, at about 5.30 pm on Saturday the infant’s mother, a 33-year-old housewife of Petit Café, Moruga, told police she was at home when she realised the baby was having difficulty breathing.
Less than two hours later, Kalisa began vomiting and was rushed to the Princes Town Health Facility. She was pronounced dead on arrival. The infant’s mother told police she took Kalisa to the health institution last week Thursday since the child was not feeling well.
Kalisa was medically examined and discharged on the same day. An autopsy is expected to be performed at the Forensic Science Centre today.