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Another mother is calling for justice after her baby
died at a day care centre in Diego Martin. Three-
month-old baby, Anastacia Phillip, was the second
baby to have died in the past six days while in the
alleged care of babysitters.
Mother Tiffany Phillip, 25, now wants answers as to
how her child died on Wednesday at the Diego Martin
day care run by a husband and wife. She went to Crime
Watch host Ian Alleyne with her story yesterday seeking
Speaking with the T&T Guardian afterwards, Phillip
said she dropped off her baby at the day care at about
9.30 am and went to work.
She said while on duty at Redlight Grill, Port-of-
Spain, she received a phone call at about 2 pm from
her mother, Allison Lloyd, who told her something was
wrong with her baby.
"Imagine no one from the day care called me. They
called the child s grandmother and told her to tell me
to come quick that the baby not breathing. When I
reach my baby was already in the ambulance.
"There was something hooked up to her toe, hand
and belly and they were trying to resuscitate her but
nothing," Phillip said with tears rolling down her cheek.
She said baby Anastacia was taken to the St James
Infirmary where medical practitioners tried unsuccess-
fully to revive her.
"They tried pumping her but nothing. They sent
something down her throat maybe to shock her but
still nothing. My baby died," Phillip added.
She said the autopsy is scheduled for today as the
pathologist assigned to the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, was in Tobago yesterday attending to the
double murder victims Richard and Grace Wheeler.
Phillip, who is a single-parent, alleged she was told
the person in charge at the day care left her baby in
the care of two other people that day (on Wednesday).
"I do not know who those two persons are but up
to now I am still waiting for the owner --- the woman
and her husband --- to come and talk to me. They are
choosing to talk to my mother but not me and I want
to know why," Phillip said.
Phillip is expected to lodge an official police report
at the West End Police Station.
Efforts to reach an official at the day care for comment
yesterday were unsuccessful.
On Friday at about 11.30 am, Ramesh Ramnath said
he dropped off his 11-month-old son, Mikyle, at a day
care, not far from his North Oropouche Road home,
when he received a call that his baby was unresponsive.
Abuse suspects preparing to leave South 'hideout'
& KALIFA CLYNE
Public outrage over the abuse
of a toddler in an online video
eventually helped police arrest
a 32-year-old suspect and his
21-year-old Jamaican common-
The cops stormed a Vistabella
apartment and arrested the two
after cyber technology narrowed
down the area where they were
staying and residents in the com-
munity gave them a tip-off after
recognising the main suspect
from seeing him in reports on
the incident the night before in
the media and in online posts.
The couple, who were hiding
out at a friend s apartment at
Manjack Street, were preparing
to leave for another location
around 1.25 pm when detectives
Both were taken to the San
Fernando CID and were awaiting
transfer to the Child Protection
Unit in the Northern Division.
They both face charges related
to cruelty as provided for under
the new Childrens Act.
The troubling video uploaded
to social media and later aired
on television showed the man
abusing his two-year-old step
In the two-minute, 12-second
video, the man is seen slapping
the crying child to the ground,
each time she refused to drink
her milk, even blaming her for
the abuse. He later told the
woman he did not need to beat
the child like that as her mother
knew she did not like that kind
Relatives allege that the man,
who last year lost his child while
his wife was six months preg-
nant, is accustomed abusing the
child. The incident took place at
his St Joseph home on Tuesday
during one of the child s regular
visits, as the couple occasionally
look after the little girl.
Since the video aired, South-
ern Division operational teams
had been conducting surveillance
on the couple after they got word
that they were hiding out in the
When cyber crime specialist
PC Harrypersad pinpointed the
location, San Fernando CID offi-
cers --- PCs Bacchus, Mungal,
Goddard, Rampersad and Snaggs
--- stormed one of the upper
apartments of the two-storey
building after a man matching
the description of the male sus-
pect came outside briefly.
According to police sources,
the couple spent the night at the
apartment belonging to a friend
and had already packed their
bags to leave. The tenant of the
apartment was not home at the
A Nissan Sunny B-15 parked
in the yard, which police believed
was used by the suspects, was
impounded to the San Fernando
Cops arrive in nick of time
The incident was discussed by
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at
yesterday's post-Cabinet press
conference at the Office of the
PM, St Clair.
Rowley said he was speaking
specifically to the issues of gender
and children and hinted at a
possible expansion or
reorganisation of the Cabinet
portfolios to place a bigger
emphasis on the issues of gender
and children in light of the case.
Referring specifically to the
video of the abuse of the young
girl, Rowley said: "I don't know if
that horrendous video, it is being
said it is local, but the treatment
of that child by an adult reinforces
the concerns of all of us that
many are facing some horrible
conditions and the focus ought
never to be lost or thought to be
lost and if it is in the area where
children's issues are to be
The gender portfolio currently
falls under the Ministry of Social
He added: "While going through
that in my mind in the last few
days there was an incident last
night (Wednesday) that
crystallised for me the need to
maintain a focus at the national
level and ensure there is
participation on the national level
on issues relating to children.
"If the views are that such
issues are lost in the Cabinet
configuration then I certainly want
to look at that again and I am
going to do that and if some
adjustment is required to effect
greater focus then that would be
part of the exercise to accompany
Also contacted yesterday,
president of the Network of NGOs
of T&T for the Advancement of
Women, Hazel Brown, said she
was happy at the news of
Rowley's announcement. She said
stakeholders had been quietly
discussing the issues and had
agreed there was need to consider
the placement of the gender
"We have been formulating a
justification for its location in the
ministry of planning," she said.
She said within the Ministry of
Planning gender issues could be
reflected in many areas, including
labour, education or energy.
"I am pleased," she added.
dies at day care
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