A post mortem preformed on the remains of five-year-old Afiena and three-year-old Aliyah Ramdeen, revealed that the two died of dehydration due to an overdose of a laxative.
The post mortem also showed that the intestines of both of the children were swollen.
Government Pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh, conducted the examination yesterday at the Georgetown Public Hospital mortuary.
This newspaper was told that blood and other samples were also taken from the children’s remains to be sent overseas for further testing. Investigators are awaiting a toxicology report.
The mother of the two children Bibi Rafzia Grovesnor has been released from police custody.
The woman told this newspaper that she was released shortly after noon yesterday after posting $20,000 bail. However despite posting bail the woman said that she was kept at the station until after 17:00 hours.
“I grieving fuh me children and dem had me lock up dem telling me I murder de children…This is not de first time I give medicine. Why I would want poison meh own children,” Ramdeen lamented.
She said the day prior to her fist daughter’s death as was customary she give everyone in her family a dose of senna pods including her self.
“All ah we drink it and when I go and pick up Afiena from school de midday she start crying out fuh belly pain and she start vomiting but me li’l daughter, nothing didn’t happening to she,” she added.
Grovsenor said it was until both her daughters started to have frequent bowel movements that she opted to give them the Lomotil and that was around 20:00 hours.
According to the woman, later in the evening, she noticed that her eldest daughter’s abdomen was swollen and at that point she decided to take the child to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, but she was not getting any transportation so she decided to go back home.
She said that her daughter’s death came as a shock to her and what is more troubling for her is the fact that the police held her thinking that she was responsible for her own children’s death.
On Wednesday last, Afiena, a second year pupil of the Sister’s Nursery School was pronounced dead at the West Demerara Regional Hospital some time after 03:00 hours. Aliyah, who was also rushed to the same hospital, was treated and then transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
In an interview with this newspaper, Troy Ramdeen, recounted the hours before his
Aliyah succumbed on Thursday at the GPHC where she was a patient.
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