A four-year-old boy who was suspected of being physically abused has died, according to reports.
Millan Jn Baptiste reportedly died Friday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2015, about five days after he was admitted to Victoria Hospital with severe head injuries.
In an earlier interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO), who first broke the story, the child’s mother had expressed fear that her son could die.
The woman, who asked not to be named, had told SNO that said she was very worried about her child’s condition.
“He is in a bad state. His brain is almost dead. My son will not make it,” she said in the earlier interview.
The concerned mother had said she is confused as to what really led to her child’s current condition and is hoping that she can get to the bottom of it, with the help of the police and social services.
“I just really want to know what is going on. What’s the story behind that? Because the father saying that the child didn’t fall, and then the girlfriend said he fell, and they said nobody was around when he got injured. I really want to know what happened to my son,” she told SNO.
Questioned as to whether she believes that her child was physically abused, the woman responded in the affirmative, stating that she has seen marks of violence on her son’s body before.
“The child has marks all over his skin. He has marks on his tummy, all over. They have bruises that healed and some that haven’t even healed yet,” she added.
Police sources have confirmed that the child’s father and stepmother – a recently married couple – were questioned by officials in connection with the allegations. They have not been charged.