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Rio Claro mother Theresse Roy is
now worried about the health of her
baby, five-month-old Caleb Edwards,
saying since their reunion on Tuesday
he has been nauseous and refuses to
Roy said Caleb, who was kept away
from her for 22 days by his father Ros-
ales Edwards, had developed a flu.
"He just has cold on his chest and
he is vomiting a lot," Roy said in an
"He does not want the breast milk,
he is just not interested in it anymore.
That is a bad thing because you are
supposed to breastfeed your child for
at least six months.
"My first son breastfed until he was
two years old."
According to the American Academy
of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding
should continue for at least 12 months.
The World Health Organisation says
it should be done up to two years or
Since July 22, while Caleb was in
the care of his father, Roy had filed
for legal custody, saying that Rosales
had kidnapped her son.
The first hearing of the case is
scheduled for September 4 at the Rio
Claro Magistrates Court.
With Caleb s new illness and
Edwards recent refusal to return the
child to her, Roy said she will never
allow her son to leave her care again.
Although willing to allow visitation
rights to Edwards, she said it would
have to be done under strict super-
vision at her Agostini Village home.
"He will get to see his child but
with supervision. He will not leave
with the child," Roy said.
Admitting that their broken rela-
tionship could affect Caleb s social
development, she said she was willing
to form an amicable parental relation-
ship for the sake of the child.
Roy said she does not plan to take
further legal action as she was satisfied
that her son was back in her arms.
Police said no action was taken
against Edwards and according the
president of the Southern Assembly
of Lawyers Dexter Bailey, it is unlikely
that a father can kidnap his own child.
Bailey explained that unless there
was a court order granting custody to
one parent, then both parents were
legally entitled to the child.
However, he said: "There are a num-
ber of things that can play off; if the
father s name is not on the birth cer-
tificate, there is nothing to say who
the father is.
"If the court orders custody to the
mother and the father breaches the
order, then he would be in some trou-
Speaking via telephone Thursday,
Rosales maintained that he did not
kidnap Caleb and was only trying to
protect his child from an unsuitable
He said he will fight for his child
in the court, but believes both Roy
and himself would come to a solution
He denied her claims that Caleb
had health problems, saying that his
son, who turned five months old on
Wednesday, was perfectly healthy.
He also said he will meet with his
attorney soon as he plans to take legal
action against several media houses,
not the T&T Guardian, as they had
portrayed him as a delinquent father.
Edwards said he is capable of taking
care of his son as he does with his
General secretary of the
Trinidad and Tobago Unified
Teachers Association (TTUTA)
Peter Wilson is pleased that the
Ministry has finally provided the
backpay that was negotiated by
the CPO, but he has some con-
Education Ministry employees
received $528 million in backpay,
including primary and secondary
The ministry paid $16 million
to 3,000 public servants, while the
remainder was paid to approxi-
mately 16,000 teachers.
This is after negotiations held
between TTUTA and the Chief
Personnel Officer (CPO), and
between the Public Services Asso-
ciation (PSA) and the CPO.
Wilson felt that the two-year
negotiations may not have been
as successful as previous discus-
"Our negotiations go in terms
of the external labour market sur-
vey, comparing teachers [wages]
to other jobs," Wilson said.
"In previous years we were able
to get 100 per cent of our requests
met," said Wilson, who felt that
this was not the case in 2013.
"We had to battle with the five
per cent increase cap policy."
Wilson raised questions about
the teachers who have not been
paid by the ministry, having retired
between 2009 and 2013.
"We are concerned about that,"
"We are also concerned about
the vacation repair programme,
and we hope there will be enough
funds to cover that."
The programme, which deals
with health and safety issues in
schools, including electrical and
roof construction issues, is sup-
posed to be completed before the
new school term.
However, says Wilson, it was
started late, with contracts being
awarded up to a week or two ago.
He hopes that the repair projects
will be finished in time for the
teachers and students to go back
out to school in September.
Shaheed Mohammed knocks coral, also known as "sea ginger" out of
a fishing net yesterday at King's Wharf, San Fernando. Corals that are
trapped in the net can damage it. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Mom worried about
Baby Caleb's health
TTUTA official voices
concerns over backpay
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