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PM prays for Jaedon’s family

By Miranda La Rose Friday, May 16 2014

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Still in mourning: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar consoles Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray as she weeps for her daughter Michelle Cou...
Still in mourning: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar consoles Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray as she weeps for her daughter Michelle Cou...

The death of 17-month-old Jaedon Cudjoe, a child of her Siparia constituency, is a lesson to all parents to make frequent checks on their children throughout the day to ensure their well-being, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar advised yesterday.

Offering prayers and sympathies to Jaedon’s mother and other family members “who are inconsolable” over the tragic circumstances that led to his death, on Tuesday, at yesterday’s Mother’s Day function at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Persad-Bissessar said, “I pray that Almighty God will bring comfort to Jaedon’s family in their time of grief and help them to cope with their unbearable loss.”

“It is also teaching us a lesson,” she said to remind parents to ask themselves, “Do you know where your children are at any point in time?’”

Jaedon’s grandfather, Winston Cudjoe, forgot him in the back seat of his car for hours as he went to work at Petrotrin’s sub-office in Penal. The baby was found dead when his grandfather returned to the car.

Winston continues to assist officers of the Penal CID in their investigations into the toddler’s death. Relatives said he was supposed to drop off Jaedon by an aunt’s on his way to work but forgot and went to the Petrotrin office leaving the child strapped to his car seat. A post-mortem conducted by forensic pathologist, Dr Valery Alexandrov, at the Forensic Science Centre, St James revealed the little boy died from severe dehydration.

Jaedon’s mother, Masika Wharwood, has described the grandfather as a most loving and wonderful person who would do anything for his grandchildren.

Jaedon is expected to be laid to rest tomorrow following a funeral service at the Penal RC Church.

Asking for those who celebrated Mother’s Day and reminisced with fond memories of their children, Persad-Bissessar, who appeared emotional at times, asked that people spare a thought for grieving mothers who are without theirs due to tragedy and conflict.

She referred to Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray and the late Dana Seetahal SC’s mother who are without their daughters due to violence. The two were among the invitees.

Coudray who returned from Jamaica last week after testifying in court in the murder case of her daughter Michelle Coudray-Greaves broke down at the function. Coudray-Greaves was murdered in Jamaica in June 2012 and her body was recovered burnt in a canefield.

On a brighter note, Persad-Bissessar said she celebrated Mother’s Day with the birth of a “great nephew,” the grandson of her sister.

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