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Former Child Development
minister Verna St Rose-Greaves
says the Government has failed
the children of this country and
is attempting to cover up the
truth about the cause of death
of a newborn baby after a C-
The baby was born to Quelly
Ann Cottle at the Mt Hope
Women s Hospital on Carnival
Saturday but died a few minutes
later. Autopsy findings showed
his head was cut by the knife
used to make the incision.
St Rose-Greaves walked to
Tower D, Waterfront Complex,
Port-of-Spain, shortly before the
scheduled 1.30 pm start of the
Senate sitting to protest. She
carried a placard that read:
"Another baby dies, another
The police stationed outside
monitored St Rose-Greaves as
she walked around in front of
the building for more than 30
Agriculture Minister Devant
Maharaj and Local Government
Minister Marlene Coudray hailed
her out as they entered.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan,
who was in the Senate to answer
questions on the order paper
about other matters, later told
the T&T Guardian: "This is a
democratic country still and
Verna is doing what she does
Moments later, on leaving the
building, Khan passed within
inches of St Rose-Greaves in
silence as she hummed a song.
Later she said they passed each
other "like the missing Malaysian
In response to questions about
her protest, St Rose-Greaves said
the baby boy was "butchered."
She said: "I cannot under-
stand a woman going to a hos-
pital to have a baby and her child
is butchered and there is a move
to cover it up. We have to stand
up and demand justice, not just
for this one child (but) for all the
children who go through our
hospitals and die because of neg-
"Our delivery rooms are now
morgues. You go in to come out
joyous and you emerge missing
a part of you," St Rose-Greaves
There was a history of abuse
in hospitals, she added, saying
the nurses had the information
but were afraid to release it.
"The truth must be told and
we cannot continue like this,"
Recalling several disparaging
public statements about homo-
sexuals and about women being
lewd at Carnival, she said there
had been no public comments
on the death of the child.
"This is not important. They
are there to moralise and not to
recognise what is happening to
our children," she complained.
St Rose-Greaves also said
information on the work of the
recently appointed 16-member
Child Abuse Task Force, chaired
by Diana Mahabir-Wyatt, was
The bodysuit and
St Rose-Greaves was dressed
yesterday in a buff-coloured
bodysuit designed to look like a
naked pregnant woman,
Asked to explain the signifi-
cance of her outfit, she said it
represented her nakedness.
"You have to strip yourself
bare, because they are already
stripping our children of their
dignity," she said.
Mothers did not have anything
to be ashamed about when their
children were under attack, she
Also, she added, citizens were
afraid to tell the Government it
was doing the wrong thing and
that it was naked.
She also commented that the
critics should be glad women
were wining and walking naked
during Carnival because they
were feeling intense pain and
In fact, she said, all women
"should be running about this
place stark, raving naked and
bawling for what is happening
to our children."
Touching her padded belly,
she said it could also represent
a baby in the womb.
She told reporters she had
intended to give Health Minister
Fuad Khan a shoebox, which
The shoebox also suggested
that "we pay more attention to
our shoes than our children or
could also represent the coffins
for many of our small children."
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Police attached to the Belmont Police Station
Operation Unit shot and killed a teenager during
a shootout on Monday night.
Nineteen-year-old Jeremy Innis, of Quarry Street,
Laventille, and Bath Street, East Dry River, was
standing with other people at Gloster Lodge, Gon-
zales, when shortly after 9 pm they were told to
Police say Innis fired at them when they
approached. Police returned fire and Innis was shot.
He was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Two officers, WPC Viarruel and Cpl Charles,
were shot in the exchange and had to be treated for
their injuries, police said.
Viarruel was shot in the arm and her colleague
was shot in the chest but luckily his bulletproof vest
protected him from serious injuries, police said. The
two officers were discharged from hospital.
A 9mm pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition were
found at the scene.
Homicide officers are investigating the latest
murder which occurred in Laventille yesterday.
Residents of Boxhill Trace heard several gunshots
around 2.30 am but did not venture outside. About
four hours later, when residents were on their way
to work they found 34-year-old Nyron Vincent,
alias Frank, dead at the side of the road.
Police say he was not known to be involved in
any illegal activity and relatives told them he was
an interior designer.
They said his killing may have been a case of
being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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St Rose: Govt has
for 11th MARCH, 2014
Former minister in protest outside Parliament
Former Child Development Minister Verna St Rose-Greaves,
depicting a pregnant woman stands outside the Parliament at
Tower D, Port-of-Spain, yesterday in protest over the death of a
new-born baby after a C-section was conducted on Quelly Ann
Cottle, 38, at the Mt Hope Women's Hospital last Saturday. PHOTO:
Man killed, two
cops injured in
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