Relatives of an eight month old baby girl who was found dead at her home in the George Charles Boulevard, Marchand yesterday, have been speaking out about the tragedy.
The child’s great-aunt, Eleanor Lambert, said she was at work last night when she was called and told about the death.
Lambert, who would not permit a full frontal photograph of herself to be taken by reporters, said that from the information she gathered the mother left the child in a playpen.
“She is a girl when she is going she don’t close her door – her door always open; her door don’t have no latch – she just put a rope in the door and she leave the child sleeping in the playpen in the corner. When she come back – she gone and buy pampers – when she come back she reached the door closed,” the great-aunt said.
She said the mother reported that when she tried to open the door it was ‘hard’.
According to Lambert, when the child’s mother eventually got the door open the child was in the playpen by the door with a rope around the infant’s neck.
“Melissa is not a girl that bad. Melissa will take care of all her children. If she don’t have nothing to give her children she will go and look for it where it is. She is not a bad girl – she is a very good girl,”Lambert said about the mother of the deceased infant.
Cecilia, the child’s grandmother, who also preferred that a frontal photograph of herself not be taken, recalled that the mother explained that she had gone to buy pampers for the infant.
Cecilia said the mother, who has a habit of leaving her door open, returned to find the door closed.
According to the grandmother, when the mother opened the door she found a rope around the neck of the child who was in a playpen.
She explained that the rope was the same one that the mother uses to secure the door to the home.
The mother, who is said to be in her twenties, is currently assisting the police with investigations.
The deceased infant was the last of the woman’s five children, according to relatives.