Aug 17, 2017 News
– Childcare and Protection (CCPA) seeks to meet family, says 8-year-old will need counselling
The baby girl in last Tuesday’s tragic car death succumbed from suffocation, a post-mortem performed yesterday revealed.
Kaieteur News was told that the post-mortem showed that the eight-month-old suffered brain and lung edema, (a condition in which fluid builds up in the brains and lungs) resulting in suffocation.
Meanwhile, Director of the CPA, Ann Greene said that CPHA officials are attempting to contact the victim’s family and may also offer counselling to the eight-year-old girl who was involved in the incident.
“We are already looking to make contact with the family. We have got to understand what is happening and the child will definitely need to be counselled.”
“In any case we offer counselling to the children in various circumstances. It is not only done by us , the Social Services section too does it, because we are so consumed with rescuing children that the time to spend to really do counselling is not always available.
“So we have been referring cases to our partners. We have a one-stop centre where we work with Childlink and Blossom Inc. They will do most of the work in terms of counselling.
But we have a Psychologist on board at the Childcare and Protection [CCPA] and if needs be, when the assessment of the child in this case proves that the child is suffering more than usual, out psychologist will get involved.”
According to reports, the eight-month-old Greater Georgetown infant died at around 14.30 hrs on Tuesday after being left unattended in her father’s car.
She was found panting for breath in her father’s car, and was subsequently pronounced dead at the Davis Memorial Hospital
Kaieteur News understands that the father, a 33-year-old boat captain and taxi driver, was playing a game of dominoes at a neighbour’s house when his 25-year-old wife, gave him their baby daughter to keep.
About two hours later, the husband’s eight-year-old sister collected the baby “to play with her.”
The sister then placed the baby in the back seat of the father’s car. But according to reports, the eight-year-old “got thirsty”, and went inside the family’s house for some water, leaving the baby in the car with the windows wound up and doors locked, “to prevent her from crawling out.”
But the eight-year-old reportedly forgot about the baby “and went playing in the yard and watching television.”
Eventually, a neighbour came to take the baby for a walk. It was then that the eight-year-old remembered the baby in the car.
On rushing to the vehicle, the child and neighbour found the infant panting for breath and with her eyes partly closed.
An alarm was raised and the child’s father tried unsuccessfully to revive his daughter by placing her under a tap. The parents then rushed the baby to the Davis Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
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