By CECILY ASSON Tuesday, October 15 2013
A 34-YEAR-OLD man, enraged after an argument with a woman, took out his anger on her two-month-old baby son, picking the child up, raising it in the air and then violently slamming it onto the floor of their Cap-de-Ville home on Sunday morning.
Baby Andre Mowlah never stood a chance at surviving the blow. An autopsy done yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, showed the extent of damage the child suffered by that one act of uncontrollable rage.
The autopsy, done by Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, showed baby Andre suffered multiple skull fractures leading to a severe and eventually fatal contusion of the brain. The report ruled baby Andre’s death as a murder.
Through her sobs, security guard Diana Ramsaroop, 35, related to Newsday how her entire world was turned upside down on Sunday morning.
“I was arguing with (name called) over some missing tools. It was a heated argument and I decided to leave and go by my father. My baby, my son Andre was sleeping in his crib. As I was walking out, I looked back in time to see (name called) just grab my son out of the crib, raise him high in the air and slam him on the ground,” Ramsaroop said.
“I just froze when I saw what was taking place. My son never got a chance to bawl out or anything. He was killed as he slept. The man just took up my son from the floor and put him back in the crib. He then told me he will kill me too.” Ramsaroop said she pushed past the man and went to Andre who was lying in the crib wheezing and gasping for breath.
She took her son to the Point Fortin Area Hospital where baby Andre was pronounced dead on arrival.
Doctors, on seeing the massive head injuries, immediately contacted the Point Fortin Police Station.
Officers including Sgt Solomon, Cpl Johnson and WPC Charles visited the hospital and later went to baby Andre’s home and interviewed Ramsaroop and the man.
Officers later arrested the 34-year-old man who is said to be a heavy equipment operator. The man initially claimed the baby slipped from his hand.
He then changed this story saying he was holding baby Andre and his (the man) foot went through a rotted wooden flooring, causing the child to hit the ground.
The man remained detained last night with police sources saying they are preparing to send the case file including statements and the autopsy report to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for instructions as to what charge, if any, to lay.
Saying her son would have been two months old yesterday, Ramsaroop who also has a teenaged daughter from a previous relationship, said she feels numb and is struggling to cope with his death.
Investigations are continuing.