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‘It was my child that was killed’

By Sasha Harrinanan Monday, June 9 2014

“This is my child that was killed,” Quelly Ann Cottle reminded yesterday as she fought back tears while speaking with Newsday about not being given a copy of the 60-page report into the circumstances surrounding the death of her son, Simeon, three months ago.

Baby Simeon bled to death after being gashed in the head while being delivered via Cesarian-section at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital on March 1. The three-person committee appointed to investigate his death presented their report to Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan, last Friday at his offices in Cabildo Chambers, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.

“Whether or not I am pursuing legal action,” the distraught mother said, “I should have been given a copy of the report. Let me get some closure! I have been very patient, not making any public statements while the committee did its work but the AG’s office wouldn’t allow me to be present when he was given the report.”

“Please, somebody, help me to understand what really going on here,” Cottle lamented. “The wrong was done to me, to my baby, but it seems there is no compassion for me. They seem intent on fixing things at the hospital while forgetting about me.”

During the handing over of the report on Friday, Ramlogan told reporters the Cottle family was “deliberately not here for the simple reason that I have no doubt that from what I have read in the newspapers, they would have in their contemplation legal proceedings against the State in this matter and in those circumstances, the State will not be in a position as a matter of law to put itself in a position where it creates a conflict of interest that could work to the detriment of both the parents and the State.” Cottle yesterday told Newsday she was very confused and upset by the AG’s explanation for her absence.

“That is a total lie. I was in the lobby at the time, seeking permission to attend the press conference but I never got through. I then contacted my lawyer, Farid Scoon, and asked him to attend but the AG’s Office turned him away too. They told him (Scoon) that he would get a meeting at a later date but up to now we have no idea when that would take place.”

Cottle said Scoon was expected to contact the AG’s office again today, in an effort to get a copy of the report as soon as possible.

Newsday attempted to speak with Ramlogan about the matter yesterday but calls to his mobile phone went unanswered up to press time.

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