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Parents disappointed by autopsy results on baby

Published: 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The parents of 17-day-old Shivani  Ramcharitar left the Forensic Science Centre in St James, yesterday, disappointed by the autopsy’s inconclusive results. The results indicated, however, there was no foul play in the child’s death. Shivani was pronounced dead at the Couva Health Facility on Sunday, after she was taken there by her parents, Damian Scraughn and Priscilla Ramcharitar, who had found her unconscious at their Perseverance, Carapichaima, home. 

Pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes yesterday ordered further tests to be done to conclusively determine the cause of the child’s death. Police said Ramcharitar, 29, breast-fed the child at 5 am and put her to bed. An hour later the child was found to be unresponsive. Ramcharitar said the ambulance was called in and the child was taken to the Couva Health Facility where she was given glucose to increase her blood sugar level, but her body rejected it.