Girl, 13, gives birth
Wednesday, April 9 2014
SOUTHERN Division police are investigating an incident in which a 13-year-old girl from South Trinidad gave birth to a baby girl at San Fernando General Hospital on March 24.
The teenager and her baby were discharged from hospital yesterday. Hospital sources said the baby weighed closed to three kilos. Senior officials at the hospital alerted Southern Division police when the pregnant teen was brought in.
Hospital sources said the girl received counselling by a medical social worker based at the health institution.
Senior Superintendent Cecil Santana of the Southern Division confirmed receiving the report about the pregnant teen and said the report was handed over to officers of the South Oropouche Police Station to continue investigations.
Close to two months ago, Medical Director of the SFGH Dr Anand Chattergoon gave instructions to medical personnel to call in the police whenever minors come to the hospital seeking treatment for sex-related issues or in the case of teenaged pregnancies (below age 18).
Police sources said based on preliminary investigations, the man who impregnated the 13-year-old is 32-years of age and lives not far from the teen’s home.
In an unrelated case, a taxi driver appeared yesterday in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court charged with having sex with a girl under the age of 17. Rayon Ramdhanie, 21, of Blitz Village, Pleasantville appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington, who read two charges.
The first charge alleged that on March 27, Ramdhanie had sex with a 13-year-old girl. The magistrate read a second charge which alleged that on the same day, Ramdhanie committed indecent assault on the girl.
The charges were laid indictably and the accused taxi driver was not called upon to plead.
Ramdhanie was granted bail in the sum of $100,000. The case was adjourned to May 6.