– police seek mother
Police, in collaboration with officials from the Ministry of Human Services Child Protection Agency, are on the hunt for a woman who left her three infant children unattended for days in a shack aback of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, along the road leading to the Dakara Creek.
The children, whose ages are six, three years old, and six weeks, were rescued by two female police ranks who were informed about their plight by concerned neighbours. The children are now in the care of the state, as officials from the Child Protection Agency investigate the circumstances that led to them being put at such great risk.
According to reports reaching this newspaper, the children’s mother had left them in the care of a 66-year-old physically challenged male foster relative, while she reportedly went to purchase snacks at a shop.
However the woman has not been seen since.
Kaieteur News understands that it was the elderly relative who contacted the police at Timehri, since he was unable to care for the children, especially the six-week-old.
The eldest of the children, a boy, would only say that neighbours had been providing them with meals, but they had to sleep alone at nights.
One of the concerned neighbours said that the children’s mother has been known to leave them alone for days.
According to reports, on Saturday, the mother left the baby with a neighbour who took her back home later that day. On Monday, neighbours, realising that the woman had not been seen since Saturday, moved into the shack where she lived, only to find the children living in squalor.
They said that the six-year-old was doing his best to care for his two younger sisters.
Two female ranks from the Timehri Police Station responded as soon as they were informed, and one of them reacted as many mothers would, crying bitterly, upon seeing the children.
The ranks took them to the police station where they were kept until they were collected by an official of the Child Protection Agency.
In the interim they were seen by the Police Surgeon.
Speaking with this newspaper yesterday, Child Protection Officer, Phillip Anthony, related that the Agency received a report that the elderly man, 66-year old Eric Warwick, with whom the children were left, had handed them over to the police, since he lacked the capacity to care for them.
The Child Protection Officer travelled to Timehri immediately and took possession of the children whom he said appeared to be in a state of neglect.
Head of the Agency, Miss Ann Greene, praised the police for the work they did in rescuing the children.
“The police did a great job.”
She said that despite the children being seen by the police doctor, they will still be taken today for a further medical examination by a pediatrician to determine if they have any health concerns. According to Greene, while the Agency has rescued other abandoned children before, including babies, the intervention by the neighbours this time around was very timely.
She assured that the state will be caring for the children until such time as a proper evaluation of their circumstances can be determined.
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