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Another baby dies

By STACY MOORE Tuesday, June 10 2014

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HURTING: Antonia Beckles-Mohammed holds her one-year-old son Jason at their Erin home as she spoke about her five-month-old daughter Jessica who died ...
HURTING: Antonia Beckles-Mohammed holds her one-year-old son Jason at their Erin home as she spoke about her five-month-old daughter Jessica who died ...

THE DEATH of the country’s young children continues.

One minute mother of two Antonia Beckles-Mohammed was cradling her five-month-old daughter in her arms and seconds later, the infant was covered in blood inside the backseat of a vehicle as an accident occurred.

The accident took place a week ago in Santa Flora and baby Jessica was brought to hospital unconscious. She never regained consciousness and died on Sunday morning at San Fernando General Hospital. Beckles-Mohammed, 21,and her husband Selly Mohammed, 31, survived the crash and yesterday were in tears as they struggled to come to terms with this tragedy.

Within the past month, between May 13 to Sunday, seven children below the age of ten, have died in tragic circumstances. Baby Jessica died at nine o’clock on Sunday morning.

According to a police report, at about 10.40 am two Sundays ago, Mark Ramdass was driving his car along the SS Erin Road in Santa Flora near Jacob Settlement. At the time, baby Jessica’s father was sitting in the front passenger seat while Beckles-Mohammed was seated in the back seat holding baby Jessica in her arms.

Ramdass’ car, police said, veered off the roadway and collided with a flat-bed truck which was proceeding in the opposite direction. Jessica’s father sustained a broken leg and other injuries while her mother suffered multiple cuts and bruises.

Beckles-Mohammed was discharged from hospital last week Tuesday. “It hurts so much...more than my physical bruises. It hurts deeply to lose my daughter. I don’t know what to do,” Beckles-Mohammed sobbed during an interview at the family’s St Francis Street, Erin home. As she wept she held her other child, one-year-old Jason.

“I remember holding Sweet Pea (Jessica’s nickname) in my hands. She was looking in my eyes and smiling. I never thought this would have happened. All I remember was seeing this big truck and then I heard a loud bang. And that was it,” Beckles-Mohammed said. The driver of the truck escaped unhurt. An autopsy is expected to be done today at the San Fernando Mortuary. Cpl Tobie of the Santa Flora Police Station is continuing investigations.

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