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Left in trash as a newborn, man reunites with trio who saved him.
« Reply #300 on: December 26, 2016, 06:14:45 PM »
Left in trash as a newborn, man reunites with trio who saved him.

Marcus Wallace was 20 when he first saw his birth certificate. It named a woman he never met as “mother.” Curious, he stepped into the New York Public Library to look for clues — and got the shock of his life.


Marrcus Wallace’s first and only view of his mother was in this Bergen Record clipping.
A library worker found a 1985 newspaper story on Dorothea Ballas, a 21-year-old student at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Ballas had given birth in her dorm room, put the newborn in a trash bag, knotted the top and dropped it in a dumpster behind a gas station, leaving the boy to suffocate or freeze in 20-degree temperatures.

“I broke down. I got on the subway and cried all the way from 42nd Street to Flatbush Avenue,” said Wallace, now 31 and ­living in Brooklyn.

“I had a lot of whys. What was wrong with me? Why me?”

The discovery spurred years of roller-coaster emotions. After two debilitating strokes in one year, he struggled to regain his health and his self-esteem.

“My mother threw me in a dumpster. It took me a very long time to deal with that, but I’ve gotten past it,” Wallace said.

Still, he never stopped searching for ­answers.

Wallace’s journey led him to find this reporter, formerly with The ­Record of Hackensack newspaper, who covered the baby’s abandonment and miraculous survival.

“Nobody told me anything until I found your story,” he said.

The Post arranged a reunion, three ­decades later, between Wallace and the three people who rescued him.

On a December day just as frigid as Wallace’s birthday on Jan. 19, 1985, they gathered on a now-empty lot next to FDU dorms where the dumpster stood, exchanging bear hugs and weeping with joy.

“You’re my hero,” Wallace told Michael Randelman, a musician and painting contractor who came from Florida for the occasion.

On that morning in 1985, Randelman, then 25, was driving home from a girlfriend’s house at about 3 a.m. He stopped to inflate his tires at a gas station near his Hackensack home, but the air pump was broken.

So he headed a few miles to a Teaneck Shell station. The restroom was “filthy,” so he went behind the dumpster to urinate.

“I heard a crying noise. I kept hearing it,” Randelman said. “I lifted the lid, but all I saw was garbage.”

He called over station attendant Lo Kuo-Raya. They agreed a baby was inside, but they couldn’t see it. Randelman used a pay phone to call the Teaneck police.

Officers Phillip Lavigne and Sheridan Ogden pulled up a minute later. “We figured it was a cat,” Ogden recalled.

Lavigne climbed in, careful not to step on a black bag that differed from the other trash. He ripped it open and found the ­naked newborn, along with the umbilical cord and placenta.

“I was in a state of disbelief — to have someone just discard a living being like that,” said Lavigne, whose wife was pregnant at the time with their first child.

Lavigne held the baby close to his chest, while Ogden raced at 80 mph with lights and sirens toward Holy Name Hospital.


“I think I had wings on the car,” Ogden said.

Doctors whisked the infant inside. “You got here just in time,” one told the cops.

The baby, dubbed “Johnny Doe,” would have died of exposure had he not been found quickly, they said.

During their meeting, Lavigne presented Wallace with a Teaneck police cap and his shield — No. 187 — as mementos.

For Lavigne, the gift was knowing he made a difference.

“It’s the best Christmas gift you could ever give a cop,” Lavigne sobbed.

Randelman, who has no kids, is thrilled he helped give Wallace life. They plan to meet again so Randelman can teach him to play the drums.


“I love you, Marcus,” Randelman told him. “You are special, and you were meant to be here. Don’t let that incident tell you otherwise.”

As the reporter kept digging and the two ex-cops searched their memories, Wallace learned more of his origins.

Investigators had quickly identified his mother as Ballas because her name was on papers and other debris in the trash bag.

The bag also had a handwritten note or poem in Greek, with words to the effect: “I love you. I don’t want to do this,” the cops recalled. A Greek woman who translated the note for police at the time described it last week as “enigmatic” and “confused.”

Wallace never knew about the note.

“I’ve never seen my mother,” he said. One yellowed news clipping gave a first glimpse — a photo taken in court of a beautiful brunette in a high-necked white blouse. Wallace bears a striking resemblance to her.

At the time, Ballas told police she hid her pregnancy from family, friends and her former boyfriend, the baby’s father. Alone when she went into labor, she delivered the baby herself. She then discarded the boy in “sheer panic,” authorities said.

Ballas and the father, Ruthven Prithwie, then a 22-year-old student from Trinidad, had recently split up, he told the reporter in an interview two months after the birth. He had asked if Ballas was pregnant, but she said, “I’m just gaining weight.”


He believed Ballas feared the disapproval of her strict Greek Orthodox parents.

“I am the bad guy,” Prithwie said. “Number one, I am foreign. Number two, I am black.”

But he felt no ill will. “I don’t hold it against her for doing what she did,” he said. “Somehow or other, I understand.”

Ballas pleaded guilty to attempted murder. “I gave birth to a child. I placed the child in a bag,” she told the court in a near-whisper. She said the baby lay in the bin about 90 minutes before he was found. She was sentenced to probation and did no jail time.

While Ballas’ parents wanted to put the baby up for adoption, Prithwie fought to keep him. “I want to make a good home for my son,” he said, naming him Marcus. ­Finally, the child was placed in his custody and sent to live with Prithwie’s family in Trinidad while he finished his studies.

His father vowed to keep his abandonment a secret. “I don’t want my son to know,” he said in the 1985 interview. “If he ever does find out, I guess I’ll have to ­explain it to him, but I don’t know how.”

Wallace grew up in Trinidad with his father’s sister and a grandma. “I called her Mommy,” he said of his aunt. “I still love her as a mother. She took care of me as if I were her own.”

‘I honestly believe she doesn’t want anything to do with me … She doesn’t want any part of her past.’
The sister’s own son was “my brother,” he said. Wallace’s dad visited him in Trinidad several times a year.

At age 7 or so, the family began referring to the woman who raised him as his aunt. He was confused but too young to understand. “I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what it was.”

Wallace returned to the United States at age 16 to live with his dad, who owns a concierge service, and his dad’s wife, another FDU classmate, in Uniondale, LI. He calls her Mom. He has two younger sisters.

Like his dad, who attended FDU on a track scholarship, Wallace excelled on the Uniondale High School track team.

But despite a life full of love and laughter, he said, “I always felt a void.”

After Wallace graduated from high school, he began seeking the truth about his roots and found the headline that jolted his soul.

Over the years, Wallace has tried to reach Ballas, now 53. He phoned a florist business run by her parents and asked politely, “Please tell her that Marcus called.”

The next time he tried, he was told, “Don’t call back.”


He also messaged Ballas’ two brothers on Facebook. They never replied. Ballas’ parents have since died. Wallace has learned only that Ballas married a fellow Greek, had two other kids and moved to Rhode Island.

The Post reached Ballas on her cellphone and started to explain.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” she blurted, and hung up. She did not respond to a letter.

“I honestly believe she doesn’t want anything to do with me,” Wallace said. “She doesn’t want any part of her past.”

After attending Kingsborough Community College, Wallace left to follow a girlfriend to Atlanta. They married. He landed jobs managing a Walmart and a Roadrunner trucking company

He was in the delivery room at the birth of his daughter, Addison, now age 3.

“I watched her come out,” he said. At that moment, he couldn’t help wondering what Ballas went through at his own birth. But after reading the news articles, Wallace feels less resentment than concern.

“She’s still my mother. She carried me full term,” he said. “I have nothing but love for the woman. I’m very grateful that I’m able to be a loving father to my own little girl. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be alive.”

Wallace said he still hopes to meet his birth mom someday. He is determined to deliver one message: “I forgive you.”

Source: http://nypost.com/2016/12/25/left-in-trash-as-a-newborn-man-reunites-with-trio-that-saved-him/

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Re: Left in trash as a newborn, man reunites with trio who saved him.
« Reply #301 on: December 26, 2016, 10:04:33 PM »
Wow, what a Christmas story. Could luck with you life. God Bless!

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Re: Left in trash as a newborn, man reunites with trio who saved him.
« Reply #302 on: December 29, 2016, 11:57:44 PM »
Touching! Goodluck Marcus, I hope it works out.

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Re: Left in trash as a newborn, man reunites with trio who saved him.
« Reply #303 on: January 01, 2017, 11:53:12 AM »
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Re: Left in trash as a newborn, man reunites with trio who saved him.
« Reply #304 on: January 03, 2017, 06:23:18 PM »
Respek Marcus, go conquer the world...
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Documentary: Tell the Children the Truth
« Reply #305 on: March 22, 2017, 08:39:55 AM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/sljue7mtgqw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/sljue7mtgqw</a>
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Re: Documentary: Tell the Children the Truth
« Reply #306 on: March 24, 2017, 01:12:31 PM »
thanks seeker

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Re: Documentary: Tell the Children the Truth
« Reply #307 on: March 24, 2017, 03:43:26 PM »
The content depicts some themes in common with a couple other threads on the forum. Will merge them when time permits, then we could all digest and confront the fullness of the beast. :beermug:
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Re: Child Abuse Thread
« Reply #308 on: January 29, 2020, 11:32:54 AM »
Eight people charged for Sexual Offences in CPU, SORT Operation.
T&T Guardian Reports.


The Child Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) is strong­ly urg­ing cit­i­zens with in­for­ma­tion on child abuse to re­port it to the near­est po­lice sta­tion, or to the CPU, to en­sure that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to such cas­es are launched im­me­di­ate­ly.

The re­newed ap­peal comes as sev­en men and one woman were nabbed in an in­tel­li­gence-led ex­er­cise over the week­end, by of­fi­cers of the Child Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU), the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team (SORT) and the To­ba­go Task Force.

Po­lice say these ar­rests now bring to 28, the to­tal num­ber of per­sons charged for breach of the Chil­dren’s Act, for the year, thus far.

The ac­cused ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trates in Cen­tral Trinidad, San­gre Grande and Scar­bor­ough, To­ba­go, on Mon­day 27th Jan­u­ary, 2020.

The of­fences range from sex­u­al pen­e­tra­tion of a child to sex­u­al touch­ing of a child and hav­ing knowl­edge of sex­u­al pen­e­tra­tion of a child and fail­ing to re­port it.

These of­fences are all con­trary to the Chil­dren’s Act 46:01.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial po­lice re­ports, dur­ing 25th to 26th Jan­u­ary 2020, an is­land-wide ex­er­cise re­sult­ed in the ar­rest of the sus­pects from the Cen­tral, East­ern and To­ba­go Po­lice Di­vi­sions.

The ex­er­cise was spear­head­ed by W/Su­per­in­ten­dent (Ag) George, and As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (Ag) Sookdeo; and su­per­vised by In­spec­tors (Ag.) Boodoo and Bap­tiste, W/Sgt. Mor­ton of the CPU, with the as­sis­tance of SORT, To­ba­go Task­force.

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Re: Child Abuse Thread
« Reply #309 on: February 07, 2020, 01:38:56 PM »
Two men charged with sexual offences against children
T&T Guardian Reports.


Two men were charged by of­fi­cers of the Child Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) for three counts of sex­u­al pen­e­tra­tion of a child and four counts of sex­u­al touch­ing of a child fol­low­ing in­tel­li­gence-led ex­er­cis­es, yes­ter­day.

The ex­er­cis­es were spear­head­ed by W/Supt. (Ag.) George and ASP Now­butt, and su­per­vised by In­sps. (Ag.) An­drews and Fran­cis along with Sgt. James and WPC John­son.

In the first in­ci­dent, of­fi­cers of the Port-of-Spain CPU, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with of­fi­cers of the In­ter-Agency Task Force (IATF), pro­ceed­ed to Nel­son Street, Port-of-Spain, on Thurs­day 6th Feb­ru­ary 2020. Once there, they ar­rest­ed a male sus­pect. He was charged by Cpl Nep­tune of the Port-of-Spain CPU with two counts of sex­u­al pen­e­tra­tion and three counts of sex­u­al touch­ing of a child dur­ing the pe­ri­od 2016 to 2020.

The 49-year-old male rel­a­tive of the vic­tim was tak­en in­to cus­tody and is ex­pect­ed to face a Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate to­day, Fri­day 7th Feb­ru­ary, 2020.

In the sec­ond in­ci­dent, of­fi­cers of the West­ern CPU re­spond­ed to a re­port of sex­u­al as­sault against a child on Mon­day 3rd Feb­ru­ary 2020.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial po­lice re­ports, of­fi­cers pro­ceed­ed to La Puer­ta Av­enue, Diego Mar­tin, where they ar­rest­ed a male sus­pect for one count of sex­u­al pen­e­tra­tion of a child and one count sex­u­al touch­ing of a child.

The 58-year-old man was charged with the of­fences by WPC Kerr of West­ern CPU.

He ap­peared be­fore Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate Maris­sa Gomez on Thurs­day 6th Feb­ru­ary 2020, and was grant­ed bail in the sum of $100,000.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to March 5th 2020.

The CPU is urg­ing par­ents and guardians to be vig­i­lant con­cern­ing their chil­dren’s over­all well­be­ing and safe­ty. Cit­i­zens with in­for­ma­tion on child abuse are strong­ly en­cour­aged to re­port it to the near­est po­lice sta­tion, or con­tact the po­lice at 999, 555, or re­port anony­mous­ly through the TTPS Mo­bile App.

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Re: Child Abuse Thread
« Reply #310 on: February 10, 2020, 07:16:11 AM »
Girl, 8, beaten to death after wetting bed, father takes own life
BY RYAN HAMILTON-DAVIS (NEWSDAY).


A Kelly Village man ended his life moments after he killed his eight-year-old autistic daughter by beating her with a cutlass.

Information reaching Newsday at this time is that father of two, Michael Maynard, beat the girl for wetting the bed.

Police were told by the girl’s ten-year-old brother that the child would usually wet the bed and, after making several checks over the course of Saturday night, Maynard woke up to find his pants wet.

The man sent the girl to bathe, then beat her with a cutlass. The child was later found dead.

Police were told the man dressed the child’s body, combed her hair and put her on a bed. He then told his son he could not live with what he had done, and even if he went to jail he could not live without his daughter. Maynard locked the boy in the house and told him he would return.

At about 6 pm on Sunday, the boy woke up and realised his father was nowhere to be found. He jumped out the window and told neighbours who searched for Maynard and found him dead near the house.

This is the second murder/suicide to have happened within a matter of weeks. In January, Roger Singh killed his wife Naiee Singh, then himself.

The murder toll for the year now stands at 59.

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Girl, 8, beaten to death with cutlass
By Rhon­dor Dowlat-Ros­tant


Eight-year-old Makeisha May­nard’s life end­ed when she was planassed to death by her fa­ther for a bed­wet­ting in­ci­dent. Her fa­ther, Michael May­nard, was lat­er found hang­ing at their Ca­roni home.

Po­lice said they were told by the girl’s ten-year-old broth­er that Makeisha reg­u­lar­ly wet the bed and on Sat­ur­day night when May­nard woke up to find his pants soaked in urine, he sent the girl to bathe be­fore beat­ing her with a cut­lass. When he re­alised that she was not re­spon­sive, he dressed her, combed her hair and placed her on a bed.

The boy told po­lice his fa­ther was cry­ing and kept say­ing he could not live with him­self for what he did to Makeisha. He then locked him in the house and left promis­ing to re­turn but nev­er did. At about 6 pm on Sun­day, when the boy re­alised his fa­ther had not re­turned, he jumped out of a win­dow and alert­ed neigh­bours.

May­nard was found hang­ing from a tree near his small gal­va­nized shack at Boysie Trace, Kel­ly Vil­lage.

The house was de­stroyed by fire yes­ter­day evening. Po­lice sus­pect ar­son as the rea­son.

Makeisha’s moth­er, Mayso­nia Thomas, said she ran from a life of abuse with May­nard. She claimed that when Makeisha was just six days old, the in­fant was hit on the head dur­ing an in­ci­dent where she was be­ing beat­en by May­nard. She said, as a re­sult, the girl suf­fered de­vel­op­men­tal de­lays.

“I left him when my daugh­ter Makeisha was three months old and my son was three years old,” Thomas said.

She said Makeisha could iden­ti­fy num­bers, colours and shapes but “her brain not con­nect­ing to the hands for her to write.” She said Makeisha and her broth­er lived with their step­fa­ther un­til last year Feb­ru­ary when May­nard took them away.

She claimed she had called their grand­moth­er who told her that she had them.

“I de­cid­ed to leave them there with her be­cause I know she took good care of them be­cause Michael used to abuse them too. I didn’t know that he took them out of school and had them out for al­most a year.

“I guess his fam­i­ly nev­er went for them be­cause he was al­so abu­sive and ag­gres­sive to­wards them too and every­one was afraid of him. It’s on­ly Sun­day night I got the call that Michael beat she for wet­ting the bed,” she said.

Thomas said she was stabbed five years ago and lodged sev­er­al re­ports against May­nard at po­lice sta­tions, in­clud­ing Mor­vant, Ca­roni and CID, but he was nev­er ar­rest­ed.

May­nard’s neigh­bours, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, de­scribed him as a mon­ster and in re­cent days he had been more ag­gres­sive than usu­al and seemed “very frus­trat­ed.”

Makeisha’s broth­er is cur­rent­ly in the care of the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty and Thomas said she will try her best to re­gain cus­tody of her son.

Fam­i­ly of­fered coun­selling

Min­is­ter of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices Camille Robin­son-Reg­is yes­ter­day ap­pealed to cit­i­zens who find them­selves un­able to cope with life sit­u­a­tions to seek help. As she ex­tend­ed con­do­lences to the May­nard fam­i­ly, she re­vealed that Na­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ser­vices would be con­tact­ing the fam­i­ly to pro­vide coun­selling sup­port.

“Such sup­port con­tin­ues to be made free of charge to in­di­vid­u­als and house­holds. Oth­er ser­vices which pro­vide coun­selling and psy­choso­cial sup­port in­clude the min­istry’s an­nu­al cy­cles of com­mu­ni­ty-based par­ent­ing work­shops that are held across var­i­ous dis­tricts and which are tai­lored to equip par­tic­i­pants with the nec­es­sary knowl­edge, skills and at­ti­tudes to treat with is­sues in­clud­ing ado­les­cence, bul­ly­ing, trends in tech­nol­o­gy, teenage preg­nan­cy and so on,” Robin­son-Reg­is said.

Al­so, com­mu­ni­ty out­reach car­a­vans are be­ing held through­out the coun­try, with the next one sched­uled for Pin­to Road, Ari­ma, on Wednes­day.

Robin­son-Reg­is ap­pealed to men, in par­tic­u­lar, to seek out the help they need in rais­ing their chil­dren.

“Is­sues aris­ing out of the fail­ure to man­age anger and in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence are be­com­ing in­creas­ing­ly preva­lent, and more men are be­ing iden­ti­fied as per­pe­tra­tors,” she said.

The min­is­ter em­pha­sised that in­di­vid­u­als need to take re­spon­si­bil­i­ty and avail them­selves of the ser­vices they need.

Mother of murdered child says father was abusive, violent
By Akash Samaroo (Guardian).


Mayso­nia Thomas, the moth­er of 8-year-old Makeisha May­nard who was al­leged­ly killed by her fa­ther, Michael May­nard this morn­ing be­fore he took his own life, said May­nard was an abuser and threat­ened her life on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions.

Speak­ing to re­porters out­side of the Foren­sics Sci­ences Cen­tre in St James, Thomas said Makeisha was not autis­tic as was pre­vi­ous­ly re­port­ed but rather had a learn­ing dis­abil­i­ty brought on af­ter she was abused by Michael May­nard when she was less than one week old.

“Makeisha is not an autis­tic child, she’s a slow child in the sense that when she was 6 days old while he was beat­ing me, he slapped Makeisha in her face and that gave her brain dam­age so she can­not write.”

Thomas said she’s been hid­ing from Michael for over a year now and showed us scars she re­ceived from stab wounds she al­leged­ly re­ceived from May­nard.

Thomas said a year ago, Michael took the chil­dren from their step­fa­ther and kept them at the home of his moth­er, the chil­dren’s grand­moth­er. Thomas said she was in the process of build­ing her home and that’s why she al­lowed the chil­dren to stay in the cus­tody of the grand­moth­er. She al­so said she could not take back cus­tody of the chil­dren be­cause May­nard was very vi­o­lent and she was afraid.

“I know if I go for them he will come for me, he used to stay if he can’t have me no­body else will. That’s why I left them with the grand­moth­er, not the fa­ther, I did not know he took them.”

She said when any oth­er rel­a­tive at­tempts to take the chil­dren from him he gets very ag­gres­sive.

“He fight­ing moth­er, he fight­ing sis­ter he fight­ing every­one.”

Mayso­nia Thomas said re­ports of his abuse were made to the Mor­vant and Ca­roni Po­lice Sta­tions but no ar­rests were made.


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Re: Child Abuse Thread
« Reply #311 on: February 11, 2020, 03:32:58 PM »
IWRN calls for stringent measures to protect children
By RHON­DOR DOWLAT-ROS­TANT (Guardian).


The In­ter­na­tion­al Women's Re­sources Net­work (IWRN) is call­ing for agen­cies, fam­i­lies and par­ents to be more proac­tive, when it comes to pro­tect­ing chil­dren in this coun­try.

The de­mand comes in the wake of the death of 8-year old Makeisha May­nard who was beat­en to death by her fa­ther on Sun­day.

The IWRN has ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment at all the in­di­vid­u­als—in­clud­ing fam­i­ly mem­bers and agen­cies—who it says failed the lit­tle girl.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, for far too long, chil­dren have been used as col­lat­er­al dam­age in their par­ents’ es­tranged re­la­tion­ships, which has a neg­a­tive im­pact on the chil­dren’s well­be­ing.

In an of­fi­cial state­ment, IWRN pres­i­dent Adri­ana San­drine Rat­tan, said so­ci­ety con­tin­ues to op­er­ate in re­ac­tive mode when fa­tal­i­ty strikes.

"Con­tin­u­ing along that par­a­digm sug­gests there may be an ab­sence of a holis­tic na­tion­al plan to treat with psy­choso­cial is­sues, or if there is one, there is a need for greater lev­els of pub­lic aware­ness," Rat­tan said.

"More im­por­tant­ly, in or­der for those ser­vices to be dis­pensed ef­fec­tive­ly, prop­er mech­a­nisms must be put in place to en­sure that first re­spon­ders are suf­fi­cient­ly sen­si­tised on their roles, so as to avoid fur­ther ex­ac­er­bat­ing sit­u­a­tions that come be­fore them," she added.

Rat­tan said deal­ing with psy­choso­cial is­sues re­quires a proac­tive and sus­tained ap­proach, if the coun­try is se­ri­ous about nur­tur­ing and pro­tect­ing its chil­dren.

“As ob­tains at the IWRN,” she says, “a mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion frame­work must be de­vel­oped that al­lows for track­ing the suc­cess and/or chal­lenges of vic­tims who are be­ing served."

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is plead­ing with the State to re­vis­it its ap­proach in prop­er­ly util­is­ing the ser­vices of So­cial Work­ers, whose role the IWRN says would be piv­otal in the area of proac­tive vis­its to rur­al com­mu­ni­ties in par­tic­u­lar. These of­fi­cials, the IWRN points out, would be able to iden­ti­fy the so­cial chal­lenges faced by those com­mu­ni­ties such as pover­ty, un­em­ploy­ment and child ne­glect/abuse. The group ar­gues that such proac­tiv­i­ty would al­low for more time­ly and ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ven­tions.

The IWRN says its rep­re­sen­ta­tives, along with oth­er civ­il so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, would be meet­ing with the Child Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) soon, to fur­ther dis­cuss strin­gent mea­sures geared to­wards pro­tect­ing the na­tion’s chil­dren.

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« Reply #312 on: February 13, 2020, 06:37:52 AM »
Autopsy finds Mukeisha was not beaten to death
By Jannelle Bernard (Guardian).


Tox­i­col­o­gy re­port or­dered to de­ter­mine cause

Ques­tions re­main as to how 8-year-old Mukeisha May­nard died.

It was orig­i­nal­ly thought that the child was beat­en to death with a cut­lass by her fa­ther.

How­ev­er, an au­top­sy done on the child’s body found that she was not killed by in­juries sus­tained from blunt force trau­ma.

Pathol­o­gists have or­dered that a tox­i­col­o­gy re­port be done to de­ter­mine whether the child in­gest­ed any dan­ger­ous sub­stance.

Un­til a de­ter­mi­na­tion is made, the cause of death re­mains “in­con­clu­sive” but po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors have clas­si­fied it as an “un­nat­ur­al death”.

The body has been re­leased to her moth­er Mayso­nia for bur­ial.

Mukeisha’s grand­moth­er, San­dra May­nard, told Guardian Me­dia she did all she could to keep her grand­daugh­ter safe even though the child was nev­er left in her care.

The el­der­ly May­nard is al­so de­bunk­ing claims by the moth­er that she did not know that Mukeisha was in the care of her fa­ther. Ac­cord­ing to San­dra arrange­ments were made by the child’s moth­er Mayso­nia for them to be col­lect­ed by their fa­ther. She says he took the chil­dren from the home of an­oth­er male rel­a­tive of the chil­dren’s moth­er with her per­mis­sion.

While the woman in­sist­ed she does not con­done what her son did, she said she nev­er ex­pect­ed it to reach that point.

Ac­cord­ing to the el­der­ly May­nard, Michael loved his chil­dren and blames what hap­pened on a lack of par­ent­ing skills and an in­abil­i­ty to cope with de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues that Mukeisha dis­played.

Yes­ter­day the po­lice said they re­ceived at least three re­ports against May­nard. But his moth­er said ad­di­tion­al emer­gency calls were made to the au­thor­i­ties.

San­dra al­so be­lieves that the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty should have done more.

“If when he was liv­ing across by my moth­er and we call the po­lice and we call the peo­ple to come, Mukeisha would have been alive.”

She al­so said the rape case against her son was even­tu­al­ly dis­missed.

“He was liv­ing with the girl at the time when she said he raped her. He hand was in a cast, the po­lice lock him up, he al­ready went to court and Michael win the case.”

San­dra said she did all she could to pro­tect her grand­chil­dren. She says she even asked their moth­er to re­lin­quish cus­tody to her. “She was to file cus­tody for me to keep them chil­dren and she nev­er do it. She would have been sleep­ing by me.”

Mukeisha’s 10-year-old broth­er is now in the care of his grand­moth­er, San­dra. This she said proves that she can­not be blamed for what hap­pened to Mukeisha.

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Re: Child Abuse & Murder News Thread
« Reply #313 on: February 18, 2020, 05:54:03 PM »
Boy,11, dies after scolding for watching too many cartoons
BY STACY MOORE (NEWSDAY).


An 11-year-old boy is believed to have taken his own life after his mother scolded him for watching too many cartoons and sent him to bed. The incident occurred at the family's home in Couva on Monday night.

The standard four student, police told Newsday, became upset and went to his room. He was later found unconscious with a cord around his neck. He was rushed to the Couva District Health Facility where doctors pronounced him dead.

The child lived with his mother and 13-year-old brother. Four years ago, his 19-year-old brother was murdered and relatives said that ever since that incident, the child suffered from insomnia.

According to a police report the incident occurred at 10.30 pm at the family home. His mother walked into the room and saw her son watching cartoons on television at the time. Reports are that she buffed him, told him to turn off the television and go to bed.

The boy became upset and then went to his room. His elder brother made the discovery and called out to their mother. The mother of six in an interview on Tuesday, told Newsday that she is still in a deep state of shock. “I heard my son screaming ‘mammy, mammy come quick.' I did not expect to see my child dead. This hurts so much.”

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« Reply #314 on: February 22, 2020, 04:03:48 PM »
Girl, 11, gave birth to baby allegedly fathered by brother
Janelle Griffith
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An 11-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her brother gave birth at home, and now he and their parents are facing criminal charges.

The girl gave birth to a boy in a bathtub in St. Charles, Missouri, according to a probable cause statement.

Her biological brother, who is 17, was charged last week with incest, statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a person younger than 12, while her parents were charged with child endangerment. Police say the girl's parents did not provide medical care to their daughter after she gave birth.

NBC News is not naming the girl's parents or brother because it would identify the victim.

Police started investigating on Feb. 11 after the girl's parents brought a baby boy to a hospital. The baby still had the umbilical cord and placenta attached and a body temperature of 90 degrees, according to a probable cause statement.

The girl's father initially claimed the baby was his and had been dropped off on their porch by an ex-girlfriend.

He later told investigators his daughter had given birth to the boy and that his son was the father, a probable cause statement states. The girl's parents claimed they were not aware she was pregnant or that she was allegedly being sexually assaulted by her brother, according to the statement.

During questioning, the brother told police he had sex with his sister about 100 times but did not know she was pregnant, according to a probable cause statement. He also said he did not know how long it had been going on for, the statement said.

All three suspects are being held by the St. Charles County Department of Corrections, a jail official told NBC News Friday. Bail was set at $10,000 for the woman, $100,000 cash only for the man and $300,000 cash only for the teen, according to court records.

No attorneys are listed for them in online court records.

The baby, who was born premature, remains hospitalized, and the girl is in the care of relatives, St. Charles police Lt. Tom Wilkison told NBC News.

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« Reply #315 on: March 03, 2020, 07:40:36 AM »
San Fernando man on child prostitution charges.
BY JADA LOUTOO (NEWSDAY).


A SAN FERNANDO man was granted $200,000 bail after he appeared before a San Fernando magistrate on Monday.

Obawole Biddeau, also known as Ovad, appeared before Magistrate Joanne Connor at San Fernando First Magistrate Court on five charges of causing a child to become a prostitute, controlling a child prostitute, receiving a financial benefit from trafficking in a child, transporting a child for prostitution and harboring a child for purpose of exploitation.

The victim is a 16-year-old Venezuelan and is now in protective custody.

Biddeau was charged by WPC Timothy of the Counter-Trafficking Unit.

Police arrested him at his home on Carnival Monday while executing a search warrant. He was later charged on the weekend after police received instructions from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Biddeau was represented by attorney Kelston Pope who argued for bail which was granted by Connor.

He was also ordered to surrender his passport and return to court on March 31.

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« Reply #316 on: March 04, 2020, 02:51:55 PM »
Rio Claro woman charged for sex abuse of teen stepson
BY JENSEN LA VENDE (NEWSDAY).


A 24-year-old housewife has been charged with having sexual intercourse with her 14-year-old stepson.

A team of police led by Supt Nicole George and including Sgt Rene Bain-Keller and PC Richard Mahabir investigated claims brought by the child’s mother. Mahabir charged the Rio Claro woman on Tuesday night following instructions from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Police said the incident took place in July last year at the woman’s house.

The boy’s mother found disturbing WhatsApp messages between the child and the woman and reported them to the police Child Protection Unit. The discovery of the inappropriate messages was made some time this year.

The stepmother is expected to appear before a Rio Claro magistrate on Wednesday.

She cannot be named as that would identify the child, which is illegal.

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« Reply #317 on: March 04, 2020, 02:52:36 PM »
Couple in court on 46 sex offences against girl
BY LAUREL V WILLIAMS (NEWSDAY).


A man and his wife appeared before a registrar at the Couva Magistrates Court on Monday charged with a total of 46 sexual offences against a girl.

The registrar denied bail and remanded the couple into police custody until Wednesday, when they are expected to face a magistrate.

PC Titus of the Central Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) charged the man, 44, with 23 counts of sexual penetration of a child.

He charged the wife, 43, with 16 counts of causing or encouraging the seduction, prostitution or sexual penetration of a child. The accused wife faced three counts of prevention of cruelty to children and four counts of failing to report the abuse of a minor.

Police said the alleged sexual abuse against the girl spanned over eight months.

W/ Supt George and ASP Nowbutt led investigations which were supervised by Insps Boodoo and Francis, all of CPU.

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« Reply #318 on: March 06, 2020, 07:13:55 AM »
No bail for man, wife for sex with daughter
BY AZARD ALI (NEWSDAY).


EXPRESSING concern over where a child is living, a magistrate on Thursday refused bail to a husband and wife who are on 44 sex charges involving the wife's daughter.

The couple, from Couva, reappeared before senior magistrate Christine Charles in the Couva magistrates court.

The girl's stepfather, 43, faces 23 charges of sexual penetration of a girl under 16. He first appeared on Monday when the charges laid under Section 18 of the Children Act, were read to him.

His 42-year-old common-law wife, who had also appeared with him, faces four charges of failing to report to the police that she exposed a child she was responsible for to mental and emotional injuries. Another four charges are for failing to report that her daughter was being sexually abused.

A further 13 charges were read to the woman that under Section 12 (1) of the Children Act, a child under her responsibility was being sexually penetrated by an adult and she failed to make a report.

PC Nathan Titus of the Child Protection Unit laid the charges.

The couple were remanded to reappear on Thursday to allow a tracing to be done on their past criminal record.

The couple sat next to each other in the dock on Thursday as Charles asked where the child was.

Attorney Andre Koolmalsingh said she was with her biological father.

He pleaded for bail on the ground that the mother and stepfather had no previous criminal convictions, except that the stepfather was previously charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police prosecutor Sgt Vicki Ranjit-Singh, objected to bail being granted to the couple on the ground that the incidents of penetration were too numerous.

Charles agreed, saying, "What concerns the court is the number of incidents and where is the child staying. Bail is refused." She remanded both into custody and advised the couple to apply to a judge in chambers for bail.

The prosecutor disclosed notes of evidence to the attorney.

They are to reappear on March 31.

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