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A Chaguanas mother recalled how she
cradled her unconscious baby in her arms
and ran frantically in the middle of the night
for help to the police station almost half a
By the time an ambulance got to the police
station 30 minutes later, and then took the
baby to the hospital, he was dead.
An autopsy on six-month-old Christopher
Rambhal revealed he died from positional
He choked while being breastfed by his
mother, Neisha Wattley, who had fallen asleep.
A tearful Wattley, 24, and her husband,
Kris Rambhal, 25 (they have three other chil-
dren, ages seven, three and two) recounted
the traumatic incident to minister in the
Ministry of People and Social Development,
Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, who visited the
couple s Perseverance Village, Chaguanas,
home yesterday to offer condolences.
Alleyne-Toppin promised help with gov-
ernment housing or a lot of land through
the Land for the Landless programme, and
help with starting their own business.
For almost two years, the couple, both
market vendors, have been living in a small,
windowless shack, with no water or elec-
tricity, in a busy area off the main road near
the river bank.
They left their previous home after a family
Wattley recalled, "The night the incident
happen (June 14), I was sleeping, my son
woke up around 9 (pm), he started to cry,
on my arm here, next to the breast here and
I knock back out. I didn t have a clue of what
happen or when it happen.
"My husband, he then wake and he said
Neisha, Neisha, I don t think he alive you
know, he belly not moving. And with that,
I just dive off the bed, run outside, I turn
his head over and I blow into his mouth to
see if I could bring him back, but I just saw
is like milk flowing through his nose and I
just wipe it, run back inside, get a blanket
and I run straight to the station.
"I started to bawl and scream."
She said the police officers on duty that
night were nice to her, but the ambulance
took too long to get to the station.
With the support of her husband, she said,
she was trying to move on.
In the past two months, the Trinidad and
Tobago Regiment has noted four hostile
encounters with criminals impersonating them,
dressed in similar military garb and carrying
Public Relations Officer attached to the reg-
iment, Captain Stephen Affonso, yesterday issued
a media release following the latest clash between
a joint army and police unit and irate residents
in the Laventille area saying that criminals are
in fact using "controlled military uniforms, high-
powered arms and ammunition against innocent
law-abiding citizens and law enforcement with
often fatal consequences."
He said the regiment had been "closely mon-
itoring" the number of random shootings for
Affonso said that soldiers and police officers
had been shot at several times in the past while
on Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Patrols and
while the incidents were "not always highlighted
in the media" they were "occurring more fre-
quently in what can be considered traditional
hot spot areas."
"On at least four occasions in the May-June
period IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) Patrols
have been encountering hostility," he said
• On May 8, an IATF Foot Patrol encountered
gunfire in the vicinity of Block Eight, Laventille,
and had to radio for re-enforcement.
• On June 9, police officers and soldiers were
shot at while trying to remove debris during a
routine patrol in Cameron Hill, Petit Valley. This
led to a violent outburst of gunfire at the patrol
resulting in a police officer being shot in the
• On June 19, it was reported that in a shooting
incident in the Cocorite area, attacks were made
by a group of persons, two wearing camouflage
and five dressed in black. There were no sched-
uled joint patrols in that area and the persons
were wearing camouflage illegally. Only military
personnel are authorized to wear camouflage.
• More recent attacks took place on June 20,
where the joint patrol took cover after coming
under heavy fire in Canaan Hill, Laventille, and
on June 21, where 9986 Cpl Williams, while off
duty, was shot at while driving his vehicle in the
vicinity of the Picton water tanks. A round from
this indiscriminate fire hit Cpl Williams in his
"These attacks by criminals will continue to
be met with the minimum necessary force to
protect the lives within the community, the lives
of police and soldiers and the wider society,"
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Even at the age of four, Kimora Millette
looked out for her twin sister Kiara and
touched many lives: her death has left her
family and neighbourhood in mourning.
Hugging her three other children, Marsha
Caraballo cried as she sat on a chair next
to the small coffin containing Kimora s body.
This was at yesterday s funeral service at
their Betsy Street, La Romaine home---four
days after Kimora Millette died from smoke
inhalation from a fire at the house. During
the fire, Kiara, who had been in the room
with Kimora watching television, had run
for help. Fire and smoke had already engulfed
Kimora s father, Ronan Millette---who like
the child s mother, was at work during the
fire---yesterday sat on the opposite side of
the coffin with his head bent, shaking from
side to side.
The closed coffin was airbrushed with a
painting of the child; two framed photos of
Kimora rested on the lid.
Among the tributes to Kimora was a med-
ley of songs by her classmates at Headstart
Kindergarten, including You Are My Sun-
shine, which was her favourite song.
Describing Kimora as a gem, her aunt
Mavian Acosta said she was the firstborn
of the twins.
"Kimora was loving and smart. She loved
her twin sister with a passion and took great
care of her."
Acosta said: "Kimora was Kiara s inter-
preter. When Kiara spoke, just ask Kimora
what she had said, and she would interpret.
Kimora loved to sing and dance---especially
Kimora, Acosta said, loved God. "She
would remind my daughter Toni to pray at
night. I remember the first time Marsha
placed Kimora in my care at three months,
and I loved her instantly. Her favourite song
was You are my Sunshine. Favourite colour
was red. She was always inquisitive. She
loved the beach. She was loved by all and
touched anyone who came in contact with
her. She loved to go to chuch, singing and
clapping, and even repeating what the pastor
Minister in the Ministry of the People
and Social Development Vernella Alleyne-
Toppin attended the funeral, and sang a
gospel song and a South African song called
Burial was at Rambath Cemetery.
Aid for mother of asphyxiated child
Marsha Caraballo hugs her three children Klev, Khailfa and Kiara as she sits next to the
casket containing the body of her daughter Kimora Millette, during the funeral service at
Betsy Street, La Romaine, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Minister in the Ministry of the People and Social Development Vernella Alleyne-Toppin
holds a child as she listens to Neisha Wattley, left and her husband Kris Rambhal recall the
night their six-month-old son Christopher Rambhal died from positional asphyxia at her
home in Perseverance Village, Chaguanas. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
...as little Kimora laid to rest
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