Barbados police probe discovery of newborn baby in bag

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, September 28, 2009 – Police in Barbados are trying to find out who left a newborn baby girl, just hours old, to die in a plastic bag on a west coast beach over the weekend.

The child is healthy and doing well, after being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

But the circumstances surrounding her discovery outraged the society.

The child was found under a cluster of grape trees on Fitts Village Beach, St James, on Saturday.

Jerome Jarreau told the local Nation newspaper that he was walking along the beach around 4:30 pm when he heard a faint cry coming from the bushes.

“I tell myself somebody must be in there with a baby or it must be a monkey or something. I heard the crying again, so I went and look under the bush and I see something wriggling in a plastic bag. I burst open the bag and the baby look at me and let out a gasp and started to cry louder. I felt so relieved but scared,” he recounted.

The child’s umbilical cord and placenta were still attached.

The newspaper reported that Dr Chaynie Williams, consultant in charge of the Accident & Emergency Department at the QEH, said the baby was carried to term and would have been born within the last day.

A press release issued by the hospital yesterday said the 2.99 kg (6 lb 9 oz) baby had undergone routine tests and the results were satisfactory.

The Child Care Board is being called in on the case, as discussions are held on what will become of the child.