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Eleven months after the death
of her baby at Mount Hope Hos-
pital, Quelly Ann Cottle is seeking
psychiatric treatment to deal with
her emotional pain and depres-
On Friday, Cottle, 38, admitted
that after losing baby Simeon, who
received a seven-centimetre cut to
the head while she underwent a C-
section last March, she had not been
able to cope with mounting pressures
and was now seeking "psychiatric
treatment" to help find the root
cause of her problems.
Cottle has attended three-one
hour sessions with psychiatrist Dr
Iqbal Ghany in the last month, after
her family life started to fall apart.
She disclosed that her relationship
with her common-law husband Emil
Millington was now strained, her
19-year-old son Kyle seldom visited
her Cumuto home, and the last child,
four-year-old Samuel, kept asking
for the baby.
She too has not been able to func-
tion or think straight.
"I have been an emotional wreck.
Everyday I crying," Cottle said.
Cottle was advised by family
members and her lawyer Dr Farid
Scoon to seek psychiatric help.
"I am trying to pull myself togeth-
er," Cottle said, her voice choked
Cottle said for months, she kept
things that bothered her bottled up
inside and realised that it was doing
more harm than good.
Having attended three sessions of
counselling, Cottle said, she was
now opening up about things she
had kept silent on.
"The doctor said he is seeing some
good signs," Cottle said.
Cottle, husband at
each other's throat
Last June, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan forwarded an independent
report into the baby s death to the
Director of Public Prosecutions and
the acting Commissioner of Police
for an investigation.
For several months, Cottle said,
she and Millington had been "at each
other s throat."
"As far as things going it not look-
ing too promising...We trying to
patch things up right now."
Cottle said she was now being
blamed by a relative for Simeon s
death, which she has not been able
to live with.
Baby Simeon was not a planned
After losing an almost full-term
baby girl before Simeon, Cottle said,
she had not wanted another child
and used protection.
"I was taking the injection, but it
only worked for six months. After
that, I don t know what happened.
I got pregnant."
Even though 11 months have
passed, Cottle said, "the topic of baby
Simeon is always a ticklish one. It
has been emotional for both of us."
Cottle said she never thought her
family would have drifted apart.
"I never expected a lot of things,
but in life you don t know what will
"As far as I am concerned, I was
looking forward to a bouncing baby
and that everything would have been
okay. But it did not turn out the way
I wanted. God knows best. He is in
Millington: I can't function
at home and on the job
Yesterday, Millington admitted
that he too was affected by the loss
of Simeon, and felt he needed help
"This thing affecting my family
Asked if his relationship with Cot-
tle was now strained, Millington
replied, "terribly, terribly... bad. The
way things going this is having an
effect on me."
A handyman at the University of
T&T, Cottle said his productivity on
the job and attendance had decreased.
"When a man cannot function
properly at home, he would not
function properly on the job."
He confessed that he and Cottle
had been drifting apart.
"I don t really push it because I
think I understand what really going
on. There are things that I just leave
Millington said he could only hope
that his family came together again
"With God s help this too will
Psychiatric report to
be sent to NCRHA
On Friday, Scoon admitted that
Cottle had to seek psychiatric treat-
ment as a result of the baby s death.
Scoon said Cottle was also seen
by a psychologist, who had recom-
mended that she obtain continued
treatment in the form of counselling.
"There is a lot of dislocation."
Scoon said Cottle s problems
stemmed from psychological issues,
mainly the breakdown in the family
"It s a difficult situation for the
He said he expected that "any day
now" a report from Dr Ghany would
be forwarded to the North Central
Regional Health Authority (NCRHA),
which had agreed to settle with Cot-
tle out of court.
This month, Scoon said, he was
hopeful the NCRHA would compen-
sate Cottle for the loss of her baby.
Cottle seeks psychiatric help
No charges yet in baby Simeon's death...
In keeping with his word,
Minister of Tertiary Education
and Skills Training Fazal Karim
has forwarded a $53 million
cheque to the cash-strapped Uni-
versity of the West Indies (UWI)
St Augustine, campus, as the
first tranche in backpay to its
The $53,945,733 cheque was sent
from Karim s Port-of-Spain min-
istry to UWI s Principal Prof
Clement Sankat on Tuesday, days
after the impasse between the uni-
versity and the West Indies Group
of University Teachers (Wigut)
which withheld students grades
in protest over campus adminis-
tration s failure to pay outstanding
The backpay was for the period
August 2, 2011, to July 31, 2014.
The funds were released on
Tuesday by Finance Minister Larry
Howai to Karim, who in turn hand-
ed over the cheque to Sankat.
Karim said the second and final
tranche amounting to $33,054,267
million would be handed over to
UWI in April, which would be
reflected in May s salaries for work-
ers.The two tranches would total
$87 million, Karim said.
On January 19, Karim promised
that Government would make a
cash intervention in the wage dis-
pute and would release funds to
help the campus pay the monies
owed, following days of on-going
protest by students and staff on
Karim said Government had
since honoured the first part of its
commitment, days before the
"I have kept my word. I gave a
commitment to pay the outstand-
ing backpay and we have delivered
on the first tranche way before its
Karim said he was happy that
the matter had been resolved
between UWI s administration and
He said as far as he was aware
students had received their grades
and were attending classes.
"Things are back to normal,"
Karim said. (SH)
Karim pays $53m to UWI for backpay
Minister of Tertiary Education and
Skills Training Fazal Karim.
Scoon, who is representing
Quelly Ann Cottle, yesterday
called on acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams to
pursue the investigation into
baby Simeon's death.
"I think eight months is more
than enough time for an
investigation to be done," said
Scoon said since a report by the
AG was forwarded to the DPP
and Williams for a probe, no one
from the T&T Police Service had
contacted Cottle to take a
statement or to question her.
The report was sent to the DPP
and CoP last June.
investigator has contacted Ms
Cottle. I really trust that the State
would take care of those matters.
It is potentially a police matter. I
guess in a very limited way we
can raise it. We would like the
investigation to be pursued."
Yesterday, Williams could not
share any information on the
investigation since he was not in
"I would not be able to share
that information at this point in
time. You are calling me Saturday
morning, I am not in a position to
off my head tell you
investigations like that. I would
have to effectively check and I
would not be able to access that
information now," Williams said.
LAWYER CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION TO BE PURSUED
Quelly Ann Cottle, left, is comforted by a relative during a press conference in which she was presented with a copy
of the report from a independent committee on the death of her son, baby Simeon Cottle at the Ministry of the
Attorney General, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, in June 2014. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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