THE mother of the two-day-old baby girl found in a dumpster at the side of the road at Upper Malick, Barataria last Thursday night has been found and is currently in police custody.
Police reports said yesterday the 34-year-old mother of seven was arrested at her home approximately 400 metres from where the baby was found around 6 p.m. on Thursday evening. Officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force led by PC Forbes acting on information from an E-999 report went to the area and arrested the woman.
She was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital for medical treatment and then to the Morvant Police Station where she spent the night and is expected to be interviewed either today or tomorrow.
Police said they suspected the mother may have postpartum depression.
The baby girl nicknamed “Destiny”, is currently at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.
Destiny was found inside a plastic bag in a dumpster at the side of the road, with cotton stuffed in her mouth and her eyes and mouth taped shut.
The new born was discovered by 53-year-old John Julien after 9 p.m. who heard her cries.
Julien says it was God who made him decide to ignore his original feeling that it was just a cat in a bag. He said a police officer who lives nearby came with a flashlight.
The baby girl was taken in by the Alexander family who gave her a bath, warm clothes and nourishment.