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Petrotrin yesterday offered counselling services
to the relatives of baby Jadon Cudjoe and employ-
ees after the child was discovered dead in his
grandfather s car at its Penal facility on Wednes-
The state-run oil company, in a statement to
the T&T Guardian, also extended condolences to
the family of the 16-month-old child and indicated
that investigations were still ongoing.
The release stated that around 4.50 pm on
Wednesday, Petrotrin Health Safety and Environ-
ment (HSE), fire and state police were informed
of the death of little Jadon.
His grandfather, the release stated, is an employee
of the Electrical Department at Petrotrin s Clarke
Road, Penal facility. It added that Petrotrin Employ-
ee Assistance Programme Services Limited (PEAP-
SL) had extended counselling services to the Cudjoe
family, as well as to the co-workers of the child s
Yesterday when the T&T Guardian visited the
family s Old Quinam Road, Aquat Village, Penal,
home, female relatives were mum on the baby s
Relatives said they had nothing to say about
what happened to the baby nor did they want to
give media personnel a photo of the child. At the
time, preparations were being made for wake and
a white tent was set-up outside the home.
According to police sources, the child s grand-
father remained in police custody last evening as
he was still being interviewed. Officers said a file
was being prepared to take to the Director of Public
Prosecutions for instructions on whether charges
of criminal negligence should be laid against him.
A male relative, who did not want to be named,
said the family had not been told why the grand-
father was being kept in police custody.
Police reports stated that the man, of Old
Quinam Road, Aquat Village, Penal, was supposed
to drop off the child at the home of a relative,
who is the child s regular babysitter, on Tuesday
However, on his way to work he received news
that he was being promoted and he forgot that
the child was strapped in the back seat of the car
and headed to his office. He parked in the parking
lot at around 7.30 am put up his windows and
locked the car doors.
At 4 pm he returned to his vehicle and discovered
the child dead in the backseat.
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Pathologist: Baby Jadon lasted two hours in heat...
Baby Jadon Cudjoe survived the swel-
tering mid-morning heat in the back of a
relative s car for almost two hours on Tues-
day before he eventually died.
This was the opinion yesterday of Dr Valery
Alexandrov, the forensic pathologist who
performed the autopsy on the 17-month-
old baby at the Forensic Science Centre, St
According to an official post-mortem pre-
pared by Alexandrov, Cudjoe death was
caused by hyperthermia.
In a telephone interview, Alexandrov said
he had encountered difficulties in confirming
the child s time of death but used his expe-
rience to estimate that Cudjoe survived for
almost an hour-an-a-half after being locked
in his relative s vehicle at a Petrotrin com-
"I may have dealt with a dozen or 15 cases
of hyperthermia during my career. It does
not happen very often," Alexandrov said.
He explained that people who die as a
result of the condition suffer a number of
symptoms caused by extreme heat conditions,
which are a result of the increase in con-
centration of minerals in the body caused
Alexandrov said as the young victim con-
tinued to lose water on Tuesday, the com-
pound in the body that regulates breathing
would be converted to those that would cause
paralysis of the muscles that assist in breath-
ing. He said the victim would have then
become drowsy and slowly lost consciousness.
"That would explain why the baby could
not scream and cry out for help," Alexandrov
He also explained that because the baby
was trapped in a car, he would have been
exposed to temperatures close to 50 degrees.
"My point is regardless of the temperature
outside the car, inside would be 15 degrees
higher," Alexandrov said.
He said infants and the elderly were espe-
cially suseptible to extreme temperatures,
while noting that most victims of heat waves
in temperate countries were the elderly.
The baby s father and mother were accom-
panied by relatives to the centre to identify
the child s body yesterday. They both wept
uncontrollably as they were consoled by rel-
atives as they left the centre after the autopsy.
The child s father, Fergus Cudjoe, attempted
to address reporters about his child s death
but he broke down before he even began and
was led to an awaiting vehicle.
Fergus s uncle, Reynold Daniel, spoke briefly
with media personnel and said that the family
needed space and time to grieve.
"The father is in a mess, he can t say any-
thing. Everyone just trying to deal with this
right now," Daniel said.
He also claimed that relatives were sup-
porting the baby s 53-year-old relative, who
remained detained by police investigating
the case up to last night.
"We not looking to blame anybody," Daniel
A police source said yesterday that the
relative would more than likely be released
from custody later this week once investi-
gators rule that the child s death was acci-
According to police reports, the man picked
up the child on his way to work just before
7 am on Tuesday. He was supposed to drop
the child off at the babysitter.
The man reportedly strapped the child in
a car seat in the backseat of his car and set
off to drop him to the babysitter before going
on to work.
Police believe the child fell asleep in the
backseat and the man forgot to drop him off
and instead went straight to work where he
locked up his vehicle and headed to the work-
The man then reportedly worked all day
still unaware he had locked the child in the
car. It was only after 4 pm when he finished
work and returned to the car that he realised
the child was still in the vehicle.
led to death
Andal Cudjoe, left, escorts his brother, Fergus, into a waiting vehicle at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday, after the latter broke down while trying to speak to
the media about the death of his son, baby Jadon. Jadon died on Tuesday after he was left
locked in a relative's car for over eight hours at Petrotrin's Penal compound. PHOTO:
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