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Officials at the Women s Hospital in Mt
Hope have refused to release baby Cecilia,
who was born on the pavement in Curepe on
June 2, into the care of her parents.
The baby's father, Anthony Abraham, 53, said
in an interview yesterday that he went to the
hospital on Tuesday expecting to collect his
newborn child but was told by a nurse that the
baby was not ready to be discharged.
The child's mother, Crystal Dennis, 34, was
discharged from the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
ences Complex (EWMSC) on Monday. She was
sent there days after she delivered the baby for
further medical treatment and evaluation.
But the T&T Guardian understands that the
officials may be looking into whether the child
should be made a ward of the state.
An official from the Ministry of Gender, Youth
and Child Development, who wished not to be
identified, confirmed yesterday that they were
handling the investigations into the case.
The official added that the ongoing probe
was being carried out by officials of the Social
Services Unit and added that it was possible
the baby would be taken away from both parents
on the grounds that they do not have a proper
home for the child and sufficient finances to
Abraham and his common-law-wife Dennis
have been together for 16 years and already have
three other children, Anna, 11, Amanda, six and
Aaron, five. They are currently in the care of
one of Abraham's relatives.
Yesterday, both Abraham and Dennis were
in a one-room shack they call home when the
T&T Guardian visited them. The live just off
Farm Road, St Joseph, near the river bank.
Abraham said he would prefer baby Cecilia
to be released into his care.
"I want my baby. I want my baby here with
me or by my mother. I am responsible enough
to take care of my child," he said.
Dennis, who seemed a bit disoriented, kept
repeating she wanted her baby also and help
with money to buy food and other things for
"I want help! I want my baby! I want money
to buy food!" Dennis said.
However, during the interview she was fre-
quently told by Abraham to stay quiet and let
him do the talking.
Abraham, not wanting to divulge much infor-
mation, said he felt sorry for Dennis. He failed
to elaborate as to why.
"I'm sorry for her (Dennis) but I have to take
care of my children," he added.
When asked what he would do should the
State take their baby away, Abraham replied:
"I am not going to allow them to do that. I
don't want them to do that because when the
State takes a child they put them in institutions
and they (the child/children) are then faced
with all kinds of abuse while they are growing
"They are physically and sexually abused and
I know of this through people I know personally
and what I listen and read in the media."
"I do not want to know that my daughter
will be faced with this if taken away from me.
I see people who are in worse off state than me
have their children so why can't I have my
baby?" he added.
Abraham assured once the baby was released
to his care, he would see about the welfare of
the child or have one of his relatives take care
of the child for him.
"It is just I don't want my baby to be placed
in an institution by the State. I want to know
that my baby is growing up safe and the best
way is through me."
When asked how he and Dennis ended up
living on the river bank, he replied: "I used to
do electrical work for houses, working on my
own and things happened and troubles came
my way because of relatives and I am here
Asked how he had survived and taken care
of Dennis, he replied: "I do odd jobs around for
people and make sometimes $100 or $200 a
day and with that I buy food and stuff to live
Hospital won't release baby Cecilia to parents
JENSEN LA VENDE
Six months after her
decomposing body was
found miles away from
her Lopinot home, the
family of Shenese
Samuel finally got some
Samuel, whose body
was found off a track
along Maqueripe Road,
gone missing days before,
was identified yesterday.
Speaking with the
T&T Guardian at their
home at Mc David Trace,
Samuel's mother, Paula,
said she felt relieved she
could now get closure.
The 42-year-old mother
of four said since her
daughter went searching
for a job on January 24
she has been lighting a
candle near a picture of
her.Some 40-plus candles
later, she said: "Shenese
was my favourite daugh-
ter. She never used to give
trouble or anything. She
wanted to be a police
officer because when I
was younger I wanted to
be a police officer."
She said her daughter
did not say much about
the job interview because
she did not want to "jinx
it."Also speaking with the
T&T Guardian was
Shenese's older brother,
Travis, who said he
warned his sister not to
go to Port-of-Spain for
the interview because she
had no friends there. He
described her as "country
girl come to town.
"I told her take care we
don't have to take you
out of a drain. I tell her
that the day before she
went missing. I swear to
God, I tell she that," he
Samuel said her
daughter was at the
Forensic Science Centre,
St James, for over four
months and no one both-
ered to call the family.
Instead, they were told
that she had run off to
Tobago to be with a man,
prompting her father,
Sinatra, to make the jour-
ney there, only to be dis-
She added her daugh-
ter might have been iden-
tified sooner had staff at
the FSC done a better job.
Her daughter, she said,
was eventually identified
by the green dye at the
end of her hair.
Her husband told the
T&T Guardian he went
to a funeral home on Feb-
Social Services probing case
Contacted yesterday for comment,
Minister of the People and Social
Development Minister Christine Newallo-
Hosein said her ministry would only be
able to assist in minor house repairs and
socially-related grants, such as baby
grants and disability grants.
Efforts to contact Minister of Gender,
Youth and Child Development Clifton De
Couteau for comment were unsuccessful.
The Family Services Division and Social
Services Unit falls under his purview.
On June 3, Newallo-Hosein publicly
disclosed that the Social Services
Division had intervened in mid-May to
render help to Dennis, 34, who was
assisted by passers-by in delivering her
baby girl on the pavement in Curepe on
June 2, but that she (Dennis) had refused
Newallo-Hosein said a team from the
ministry met with Dennis and asked her
if she would like to be taken somewhere
so she and her baby could have been
cared for. Newallo-Hosein added that
Dennis refused, saying that all they were
interested in was taking her baby away
and that she did not want any help.
Dye helps ID murder victim 6 months later
ruary 1, the day his
daughter's body was
found and after being
assured the body was that
of someone much older
who was wearing a wig
he left and continued the
search for her.
Samuel was found in
a track off the Maqueripe
around 2 pm by a jogger
who got a stench from
the bushes. Her hands
were tied behind her back
and she was stabbed
twice in the chest, her
The couple offered this
advice to parents who
were where they once
were: "Pray! There is
nowhere to turn to
because no one was help-
ing us so all they could
do is pray."
The Samuels were
referring to the relatives
of Ashma Zalima Naimool
and Sonnera Campbell,
who disappeared in unre-
lated incidents and are
Naimool, 32, of Dinsley
Village, Tacarigua, was
last seen by her relatives
on June 3.
In the other case
Campbell, 30, an employ-
ee of Massy Ltd, Morvant,
was last seen by relatives
on June 6 around 9 pm
at her Tunapuna home.
Relatives said Campbell
was supposed to go out
with friends but never
made it. She is the mother
of a nine-year-old boy.
Paula Samuel hugs her second grandchild, Sapphire Garcia, as she recalls the last
moments she shared with her daughter, Shenese Samuel (inset), at their Lopinot home
yesterday. Beside her is her last child, 16-year-old Sherese. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
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