May 08, 2017 News
A three-month-old baby died Saturday morning after her mother allegedly fell asleep while breastfeeding her at their Lot 149 Dhanraj Street, Newtown, Kitty home.
The dead child has been identified as Destiny Ashley Holder. She was delivered at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) at just seven months.
According to information received, the child’s mother, Tanisha George, 18, was breastfeeding her when she fell asleep.
It is suspected that the child might have suffocated on the breast milk.
When Kaieteur News visited the home, the infant’s mother, who also has a one-year-old son, was at the Kitty police station giving a statement.
The infant’s aunt explained that she was at her home when the baby’s grandmother called to inform her that little Destiny Holder had died.
“I wanted to know how she died because was only Friday I come here and play with her and she seemed fine. Nothing had happened with her,” the woman explained.
She added that when she disconnected the call; she rushed to the baby’s home where she saw the child wrapped up in a piece of cloth and placed on a chair.
“No one knew how she died. We are waiting on the PM (Post Mortem Examination) to see if she suffocated,” the woman claimed.
Someone who is familiar with the story said that relatives have said that the young mother was breastfeeding the infant when she fell asleep. Shortly after, she realized that the child had died in her arms.
When asked about this, the child’s aunt claimed that she has no idea if this information was true but said they are awaiting a Post Mortem (PM) examination to determine where the child had suffocated.
The PM will be done today.
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