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The grandfather of baby Jaedon Cudjoe
will be charged with manslaughter.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
(South) Joan Honore-Paul gave instructions
to investigators to charge 56-year-old Jer-
richo Cudjoe with the indictable offence
The man, who is said to be depressed
and inconsolable over the child s death, was
expected to be charged last evening.
Contacted yesterday, Cudjoe s son, baby
Jaedon s father Fergus, said he was not aware
that charges had been laid. He said, however,
that he would go to the Penal Police Station
to speak with his father.
The grandfather is accused of causing the
unlawful death of the 17-month-old child
Jaedon was found dead in the back seat
of his grandfather s Nissan Cefiro, which
was parked in the carpark at the Penal instal-
lation of Petrotrin, where he works.
The grandfather, who lives at Aquat Vil-
lage, Quinam, Siparia, was supposed to drop
the child off at his babysitter s home in
Siparia on Tuesday morning. Instead, he
drove straight to his workplace at Petrotrin s
Penal compound and left the child in the
He discovered the child dead when he
returned to the car after finishing work, at
An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr
Valery Alexandrov on Wednesday showed
Jaedon died from hyperthermia, caused by
the intense heat he experienced in the car,
where he had survived for two hours.
Although the charge is a bailable offence,
investigators said the grandfather will have
to apply for bail before the court. He will
thus remain in police custody until Monday,
when he will be taken before the Siparia
Magistrates Court to answer the charge.
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father of baby Jaedon,
yesterday admitted he
is emotionally torn as
a father who has not
been able to grieve for
his child, and pained
watch his own father
Cudjoe, who broke
his silence yesterday in
an interview with the
T&T Guardian at his
Aquat Village, Quinam
Road, Siparia home, struggled to keep his composure
as he admitted that he is worried about his father,
Jerricho, who has been grieving intensely since baby
Jaedon s death on Tuesday.
"I not getting to grieve properly for him (baby
Jaedon) and see my father in that condition. We
studying him, that he cannot be in the family, to
be here to grieve with us," Cudjoe said yesterday as
his fiance, baby Jaedon s mother Masika Wharwood,
sobbed at his side.
Yesterday, Wharwood admitted that the past few
days have been especially difficult for the family,
having to deal with baby Jaedon s death and his
grandfather s incarceration and health.
The couple said they have no anger or hatred for
Jerricho nor do they blame him.
"We are not even thinking along those lines. What
he is going through is punishment enough. The man
I visit in the station is not the father I know. He
is a leader, a man who... to see him in that con-
dition," Cudjoe said as he put his head in his hands.
Cudjoe said his father has been experiencing bouts
of depression and guilt and keeps apologising to
him. He said he keeps saying that he is the cause
of their grief and has been having suicidal thoughts.
"The police have been watching him. They have
been good to us and let us see him. He has been
getting better, he is getting support from us. Strangers
are going to see him and giving him support," he
They said baby Jaedon and their daughter Aikna,
6, love their grandfather and would look forward to
his return from work daily. Jaedon and Jerricho had
a "strong connection," Cudjoe said.
Wharwood pleaded with the public not to judge
the family or Jerricho.
"It is unfortunate, tragic situation. I would not
wish this pain on my enemy. I feel like I have a pain,
but I do not know where it is. I feel numb inside,"
Cudjoe said contrary to media reports his father
was not excited about being promoted.
In fact, he said, on Monday his father told him
he was going to turn down the promotion because
it would mean that he would have to work in Santa
"He only have a little time to retirement and he
tell me he did not want to take the promotion because
it would take him away from dropping Jaedon and
spending time with his grandchildren," he said.
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Farewell to an
Today, Jaedon will be laid to rest after
a funeral at the St Dominic s RC Church
in Penal, a stone s throw from where he
was found dead.
Yesterday, Fergus, in an interview with
the T&T Guardian at the family s Siparia
home, said he did not want his father to
be charged because he was suffering enough.
Fergus said he wanted his father to be
home with the family, or at least be granted
bail so he could attend the funeral. Inves-
tigators said arrangements were being made
to have the grandfather present at the funer-
al.Fergus said relatives have been visiting
his father at the Penal station and he had
been receiving counselling.
He said his father told him he keeps feel-
and baby Jaedon will be alive.
Fergus said the babysitter, who is his aunt,
is also grieving and blaming herself for not
calling to see if something was wrong when
he was not brought to her home.
But he said she knew that if Jaedon was
not dropped off it was because Fergus or
his fiancee, Jaedon s mother Masika Whar-
wood, was at home and had kept him.
"That was the arrangement," Cudjoe said.
Fergus admitted that he had a fear of
sending his son to daycare after the son of
one of his friends died at a daycare, and
decided to let his aunt watch the baby.
Wharwood said her son was an angel
and had come as a surprise to them.
She said he was full of life and "even
though he had a little time here, he made
a big impact on everyone s life. Everyone
loved him. His grandfather loved him, he
was his world."
Grieving father Fergus Cudjoe recalls the last time he saw his son, baby Jaedon (inset),
alive as his fiance Masika Wharwood wipes away a tear during an interview at their
Aquat Village, Quinam Road, Penal home yesterday. PHOTO;RISHI RAGOONATH
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