The three relatives of “Mercy”, the baby whose skeletal remains were discovered last week in a house in La Brea, are today still in custody.
Our Loop partners quote sources as saying that the 40-year-old woman, her 18-year-old daughter – who has been identified as Mercy’s mother – as well as a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, were all in custody as police finish their inquiries into the incident.
They are expected to approach the office of Director of Public Prosecutions on Monday for instructions on how to proceed in the matter.
In response to calls for officers to take the family for psychiatric counselling, sources said that this act was not within the remit of the Police Service.
It was explained that if charges were laid, the court would order a psychiatric evaluation, and if charges were not laid, then officials could only recommend one, and not force persons to seek treatment.
Last week, the decaying body of the baby girl was discovered in a bedroom of the La Brea home.
She was kept snug under a blanket in a crib for months.
Why would a family do something like this?
That’s the first thing that has to be determined.
This is according to Secretary of the Psychiatric Association of Trinidad and Tobago,Varma Deyalsingh.
Speaking with News Power Now this morning he stated that there are many reasons why a family would react to the death of a baby in this way, including a low level of intelligence.
He said that it was also quite possible that the mother of the baby could have been going through grief that may have led to denial that the baby had indeed died.
He divulged that it is important to ensure that the family receives psychiatric counseling to teach them that responding to a tragedy in the way they did is not acceptable.
Deyalsingh also called for visits throughout T&T to ensure mental health issues are effectively dealt with.