Autopsy finds 11-month-old baby girl dies from blunt force trauma to her head

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 06:00

Central police are investigating the death of an 11-month-old child after an autopsy result revealed that she died of blunt force trauma to her head.

According to police, a report was made via the telephone to the Central Division Crime Processing Unit by a doctor, indicating that on Tuesday 31st January, 2017, 11-month-old Jadaya Douglas was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Mount Hope Paediatric Ward, having been transferred from the Chaguanas health facility.

The child was said to have extensive brain damage.

Police went to the hospital where they spoke to the doctor and to the parents.

The parents indicated that around 7:30 pm on Tuesday 31st January, they arrived at their home in Oasis Greens, Egypt Village, Chaguanas, with the child.

The parents said they allowed the child to play, and then gave her a bath and prepared her for bed.

The father said he prepared a bottle for the child and gave her one drop of melatonin which was to help her sleep.

Melatonin is a hormone naturally secreted by the pineal gland in the brain that induces sleep.

They said Jadaya fell asleep around 8:10 pm and was barricaded by pillows on a bed in the bedroom of the family home.

However, the parent claimed that a subsequent check by the mother revealed that Jadaya was not on the bed and after further checks, she discovered her daughter unresponsive, head first in a clothes basket which was located to the side of the bed.

The mother said she attempted to perform CPR in a bid to revive Jadaya but was unsuccessful.

On Monday this week, doctors performed a brain stem death test on the child and reported to the police that the patient failed the test.

A secondary test was to be performed on Tuesday which she again failed as such she was subsequently declared brain dead and disconnected from the respirator.

An autopsy conducted on Wednesday by pathologist Dr Hughvon De Vinges, found the cause of death to be "blunt craniocerebral trauma".

Investigations are continuing.