A newborn baby who was abandoned in a shopping bag in Castries last month has been given the name ‘Josiah’ and is growing well.
That’s according to the Division of Human Services.
The Director of the Division, Beverly-Ann Poyotte, told St Lucia Times that the mother of the child has been identified.
“We are currently working with her in terms of providing psycho-social support,” she explained.
The Director of the Division of Human Services recalled that she had indicated initially that the mother was working with the police.
She said the mother’s cooperation with the police is ongoing.
“The baby is in care, he is doing very well, he is thriving – he has grown,” Poyotte disclosed.
She recalled that the child had been given the Christian name ‘Josiah’ in the media and it was decided to keep that name.
Residents of Morne du Don in Castries took care of the child after he was found last month, umbilical cord still attached, in a Massy Stores supermarket shopping bag.
A passerby went to investigate after hearing the child cry.
A heart-wrenching video of the discovery was posted on social media.
Another video, apparently recorded some time after the discovery, showed the child wrapped in a blanket atop a vehicle.
Concerned residents of the area summoned an ambulance and the child was taken to hospital for a medical checkup, thereafter being placed in the care of a foster family.