Toddler dies in fire, father critical at hospital

Tragedy struck for a St James family as a three-year-old toddler died after a fire consumed her home on Friday morning. The child's father, Abiola Alleyne is now listed in critical condition at the Port of Spain General Hospital as he sustained 60 per cent burns about his body.

The child's mother, Rachel Harewood and the child's four-year-old sibling both survived the blaze.

Harewood, who is said to be very distraught, refused to speak to the Guardian Media.

Child dies in St James fire

A three year old boy perished in an early morning fire at his St James home.

He has been identified as Akauleni Alleyne.

Fire officers told CNC3 NEWS that they received a call at 5 this morning that a house along Dibe Road in Long Circular was on fire. When the officers arrived, the single-storey home was well alight. When fire officers extinguished the blaze, the charred remains of the child were discovered.

CNC3 NEWS understands the child's father is at hospital after receiving severe burns while trying to save the child.

Two-year-old girl knocked down; now declared brain dead

A two-year-old girl has been deemed brain dead and is now surviving only on machines, after being hit by a pick-up truck in Arima.

The child is now in a critical condition with a collapsed lung at the Mt Hope hospital.

The accident occurred along La Retreat Road, Arima.

Reports indicate that a 29-year-old man was driving his Nissan Frontier when he observed some pedestrians standing on the pavement.

He told police that the child suddenly stepped into the roadway and he was unable to avoid hitting her.

Autopsy: Child died of hyperthermia caused by extreme heat

Three-year-old Isaiah Hazel died of hyperthermia caused by extreme heat and dehydration.

This was revealed in an autopsy that was conducted on the boy’s tiny body on Friday at the Forensic Sciences Centre in St James.

Hazel’s parents declined to comment.

“I don’t know what to say…I have nothing to say…whatever is to be said is up to the parents…I don’t even want to know what the autopsy said because I didn’t ask,” his grandmother June Vincent said. 

Sexual assault on child seen in viral video, did not occur in T&T

Police have confirmed that the video that had been circulating on social media of a female child being sexually abused by a man did not originate in Trinidad and Tobago. 

The video was shared on social media last week, with claims that it occurred in Diego Martin.

The man was said to have been beaten by neighbours who learned of his sordid behaviour.

However, the Police Service said in a series of tweets today, that it worked with US law enforcement and traced the video to Alabama where a 44-year-old man has since been charged.

Help save our baby’s life

Six-month-old Christopher Sahadeo appears normal—cooing, smiling and kissing his mother like any normal baby but beneath his skull, his brain is slowly bleeding and if left untreated he could die.

The baby was injured last October after his parents’ wooden home at Enid Village, Rio Claro collapsed after heavy rainfall.

The ceiling tiles dropped on his head, knocking him unconscious. His mother, Christine Sahadeo, 21, had to run to safety with her unconscious baby before the entire house came tumbling down.

Colombian charged with sexually touching 9-year-old

A Columbian national who has been in the country illegally since 2008, was denied bail when he appeared before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate, charged with the sexual touching of a nine-year-old child.

The offence is alleged to have occurred on Sunday 24th September, 2017, at the child’s Port-of-Spain home.

Josea Alberto Mina Mazuera, 46, of La Baja Road, St. Joseph, appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude in the Port of Spain 7th Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to answer to the charge.

Jury hears how mother and child were killed

Mayaro mother Ria Ramlochan was stabbed to death and her body dumped in a latrine, while her baby boy’s body was found in a fishing net on the bank of the Mafeking River 12 years ago.

Yesterday, as the murder trial of 40-year-old Anand Baboolal began in the San Fernando Third Assizes, the jury was warned against trying the case on emotions.

“Is not a feel sorry thing,” said state attorney Shabaana Shah, who told the jurors to make a clinical assessment of the evidence and to set aside their prejudices.