Trinidad: Girl, 8, drowns in make shift pool

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Trinidad: Girl, 8, drowns in make shift pool
Tenille Giselle Du Bois
Tenille Giselle Du Bois

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – As the new school term opens to­day, to­day is go­ing to be a sad day at the St There­sa Girls’ RC School as teach­ers and class­mates of eight-year-old Te­nille Giselle Du Bois will be mourn­ing her death.

The lit­tle girl drowned over the week­end in a makeshift pool at her home at Morne Co­co Road, Pe­tit Val­ley.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at about 1.30 pm on Sat­ur­day.

Po­lice said Du Bois and her rel­a­tives were play­ing in the pool when they all de­cid­ed to get out to go in­to the house to change in­to dry clothes and have a meal. But as the oth­ers went in­side, Du Bois re­port­ed­ly man­aged to slip away from every­one’s sight. A short while af­ter rel­a­tives no­ticed she was miss­ing and start­ed a search for her. Her body was found float­ing face down in the make-shift pool, which was a wa­ter tank cut in half. By the time rel­a­tives found her and pulled her out the girl was al­ready dead.

Speak­ing with the T&T Guardian, a neigh­bour who wished not to be iden­ti­fied said her im­me­di­ate fam­i­ly was very trau­ma­tised and sad­dened by her death.

Lit­tle Te­nille was de­scribed as a “lit­tle girl who car­ried joy from deep with­in her.”

“I didn’t know the peo­ple per­son­al­ly but from what I was told the lit­tle girl was like an an­gel…very play­ful and very bright in school. Her friends in school I am sure will miss her. The news spread like wild­fire in the vil­lage here and we all are very sad­dened by the news,” the neigh­bour said.

A par­ent whose child at­tends the same school as Du Bois said the girl would have been en­ter­ing Stan­dard Two to­day.

“We cer­tain­ly are keep­ing the fam­i­ly in prayer at this time…as far as my daugh­ter de­scribes her she was very cheer­ful and full of life and it ap­pears she was pop­u­lar among her peers, as my daugh­ter is in a high­er class.”

An au­top­sy will be con­duct­ed to­day at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre, St James, to de­ter­mine the ac­tu­al cause of death.

Of­fi­cers of the West End Po­lice Sta­tion are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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