Don’t judge person who dumped fetus in Vieux Fort, says Crisis Centre official

By SNO Staff

A counsellor with the Saint Lucia Crisis Centre has said the individual or individuals who dumped the male fetus at the solid waste disposal site in Vieux Fort may be suffering from postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis.

Faith St. Catherine has cautioned the public against rushing to judgement regarding the discovery of the fetus on Monday, Dec. 4, after 8 a.m.

The fetus is estimated to be six months old and weighs three pounds, according to reports.

“I wish not to ask people not to judge because we don’t know the circumstances surrounding this,” St. Catherine told DBS. “There is something called postpartum depression and … it goes further [to] postpartum psychosis. What happens is that during pregnancy hormonal changes create problems.”

According to Wikipedia, postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, is a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth, which can affect both sexes. Symptoms may include extreme sadness, low energy, anxiety, crying episodes, irritability, and changes in sleeping or eating patterns.

Postpartum psychosis, a more severe form of postpartum mood disorder, occurs in about 1 to 2 per 1,000 women following childbirth. Postpartum psychosis is one of the leading causes of the murder of children less than one year of age, which occurs in about 8 per 100,000 births in the United States.

St. Catherine said the individual or individuals who dumped the fetus may not have been mentally sound.

“I would like to believe that if a person does that it’s because they are not in their right frame of mind meaning, that we don’t know the person’s circumstances. We don’t know what trauma they were suffering [from] before. We don’t know what problems they are facing. But trauma pushes people over the edge,” she said.

Female Rights Activist Catherine Sealys also commented on the incident.

“The system has always failed young mothers. Young mothers are under a lot of pressure from economic, from mental peer pressure, from a number of situations. And we continue to wish that the social services, especially the ministry of social justice and agencies of that nature would come together and prepare policies to better support,” Sealys told DBS.

The discovery of the fetus is still under investigation.

According to sources, the garbage that contained the fetus is suspected to have been picked up in Laborie by a truck belonging to a private company.

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10 comments

  1. The article says fetus and not infant.. postpartum depression or psychosis occurs after child birth .. I do not understand.

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  2. There is always some asshole to come and talk on behalf of these sluts. There are condoms, pills, patch and IUD if u dont want to get pregnant. Condoms are free at the health clinics. There is no dam excuse. The person or persons are beyond heartless to go through 6 months of carrying this lil boy and then ending his life like he is a rodent. Shame on women who find excuses for these people. Urll are the ones who need help with urll postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis my ass.

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  3. Most like to judge and some of the same one judging might be related to them. It could even been a child who gave birth and family never knew she was pregnant. Girls and mothers always the ones leave holding the bags and leave to suffer

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  4. "Postpartum psychosis is one of the leading causes of the murder of children less than one year of age, which occurs in about 8 per 100,000 births in the United States." the woman saying this like this will make the situation any better smh. if you want to go on the basis of this disorder it still boils down that the person or persons responsible for this act committed murder. its true we should not judge but yall people like to sugar coat things to damn much

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    • We do not yet know that it was murder. From the way I'm reading this someone was 6 months pregnant and gave birth and dumped the baby. That baby had little chance of survival outside a hospital.

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  5. Oh no. ..i would not be the judge but God will,its his job.Who am i to judge.The only thing i will say is that the Crisis Center need to put measures in place for young people with unwanted pregnancues to find a place to drop of the babies they dont want or a place to prepare them for adoption of these babies.Like the church,or a center somewhere.And that baby,like the children live,people out there want kids and cannot have.A garbage dump should never be a place for a fetus or a baby.St.lucia,St.lucia,St.lucia.

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