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Surgery for baby Jinayah

By NALINEE SEELAL Tuesday, December 11 2012

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BITTEN: Baby Jinayah Noel...underwent surgery on Sunday night....
BITTEN: Baby Jinayah Noel...underwent surgery on Sunday night....

DOCTORS at the Paediatric Ward of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) on Sunday night carried out emergency surgery on the left cheek and right leg of six-day-old baby Jinayah Noel. Yesterday, the baby was resting in stable condition.

Baby Jinayah was viciously attacked at about 2 am on Sunday by a man who bit her on the left side of her cheek and the right side of her leg after he complained to her mother that he was hungry and there was no food in the house.

Doctors at the Ward where Jinayah is being kept for observation told Newsday that she is in stable condition and is still under further observation. Her mother Tineka Henry spent all of yesterday at her bedside praying for her swift recovery. However doctors treating baby Jinayah have consulted with surgeons skilled in reconstructive surgery to assist in carrying out a special procedure to repair the left cheek of the child. Yesterday, Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson told Newsday the suspect, a 24-year-old technician remains in police custody and is yet to be interviewed. He said a team of investigators led by Acting ASP Ajith Persad and including Cpl Sankar have been collecting statements, gathering information and will seek the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard shortly.

The Deputy Commissioner said he too was disturbed over the pain inflicted by a days-old baby and assured that the law will take its course.

“It is unfortunate that a young man could carry out such a vicious attack on his own offspring and we in the police service and indeed the national community feel outraged. We will do everything in our power to bring to justice those who will cause such harm and grief to the nation’s youth,” Richardson said.

Newsday understands the suspect who was at the Besson Street Police Station on Sunday after being detained was transferred to the Port-of-Spain CID where he is expected to be interrogated.

Yesterday attorney Vitty Furlonge-Kelly attempted to visit the suspect, but was unable to do so. Newsday also understands items seized from the scene of the crime were sent to the Forensic Science Centre to be tagged and kept as evidence.

Yesterday at Calvary Hill, East Dry River where the bizarre incident occurred Marcia Guy, a close relative of baby Jinayah said everyone at Calvary Hill are incensed over what transpired early Sunday and they are demanding that justice be swift. She said every child must be protected at all cost and she called on young mothers to be careful about who they become involved with intimately.

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