Mom accused of burying baby released

The 36-year-old Guapo moth­er, who was ac­cused of bury­ing her new­born ba­by in a gar­den last week, has been re­leased from po­lice cus­tody.

An au­top­sy on the ba­by’s corpse by Dr Hughvon Des Vi­gnes at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre on Mon­day con­firmed the woman’s state­ment that the ba­by girl was still­born at de­liv­ery.

Al­though the moth­er of one was al­lowed to re­turn to her fam­i­ly, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said she was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ed for con­ceal­ment of birth and the il­le­gal dis­pos­al of a body as nei­ther the birth nor the death of the child was re­port­ed to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

Un­der Sec­tion 58 of the Of­fences Against the Per­son Act, if any woman de­liv­ers a child, every per­son who, by any se­cret dis­po­si­tion of the dead body of the child, whether the child died be­fore, at, or af­ter its birth, en­deav­our to con­ceal the birth is li­able to im­pris­on­ment for two years.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Point Fortin po­lice were called to a gar­den in Gon­za­les Vil­lage, Guapo last week Thurs­day where a gar­den­er had dis­cov­ered a new­born ba­by buried near his fig trees.

The woman, who lives near the gar­den and whom neigh­bours knew was re­cent­ly preg­nant was held by po­lice. She told of­fi­cers that the child was still-born at birth and buried it in the back of the yard.

Po­lice have not re­vealed why the woman chose to bury the child in that way.

Cpl Bha­jan of the Point Fortin CID is con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Reporter: KEVON FELMINE

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