The police are still trying to find the person or persons responsible for dumping a newborn baby in Ravine Chabot, Castries last week.
Police Press Officer Aniel Innocent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that no arrest has been made for this matter. Innocent said police are still working with members of the community to identify the mother or anyone responsible for the crime.
The baby was discovered in a black plastic bag at about 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 21 in the community. The baby was transported to Victoria Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
This issue has brought about widespread criticism on the person or persons responsible for the act, which most believe is the mother of the child, stating it is a total disregard for human life.
Persons voiced their opinion on the issue through SNO, saying that regardless of the circumstances the mother was faced with, she should not have dumped her child, but rather give up him up for adoption. Others suggested that the mother should have used protection or pills to prevent pregnancy, if she was not ready to have a baby.
Some readers also used the scenario where she may have been raped and decided to get rid of the baby, but this they believe is no valid reason for ending a human life. Other anonymous women even stated that they have been trying to get pregnant and have been unsuccessful for many years and at the same time someone dumped their baby.
One person said: “I am disappointed at this situation. I have a 10 month old of my own and day by day I look into her eyes and I’m like whoa…dats me doing the best I can, to care of her, but to put the baby in a plastic bag just sends shivers up my spine. There is no situation too big for the lord to handle. Shameful act…betta she seek medical attention immediately cuz there might still be some of the stuff inside her…..may the lord have mercy on your poor soul.”
If anyone has information or knows of anyone who was or may have been pregnant and cannot give an account of their baby or may be responsible for the concealment of birth of a newborn male, can make contact with the Major Crimes Unit at telephone number 456 3752 or 456 3754.