T&T footballer loses infant son
PORT OF SPAIN – According to a police report, baby Maitai Phillip was dropped off at the Anointed Angels Day Care at Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas, at around 6:15 a.m. The child, who was ten months old on Monday, was dropped off by his grandfather Lincoln Halls. About an hour later, the day care called the family to say the infant had been taken to the Chaguanas District Hospital. When the family got there, the child was already dead.
Baby Maitai’s mother is Leslie Halls, a police officer attached to the Gasparillo Police Station. At autopsy is expected to be done today.
The following is a statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation:
“The Trinidad and Tobago camp was thrown into mourning early on Friday after receiving the tragic news of the death of the ten-month old son of goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.
“The T&T team arrived in Sao Paolo at 2 a.m. on Friday for Sunday’s match against Iran. Shortly after 10 a.m., Phillip was told that his son Maitai was found dead at a day care in San Fernando where he had been dropped off earlier by his mother. (Further details to be confirmed. Police are currently investigating.)
“Phillip is now scheduled [to] depart for home on Friday evening with assistant manager Peter Rampersad and is expected to arrive at Piarco at around midday on Saturday.
“Phillip, is still coming to terms with the death of his first child’s mother Aldella Gill who passed away last month due to heart complications.
“The Point Fortin Civic Centre custodian was the reserve goalkeeper in Wednesday’s friendly international against Argentina. He has been a member of T&T Under-17, Under-20 Under-23 and Senior Teams.
“National team head coach Stephen Hart, in a brief statement, expressed condolences to Phillip and his family on behalf of the team and the TTFA.
“’This is tragic moment in Marvin’s life. He has faced some traumatic moments in the last month. Our hearts go out to him and the family. This is such a sad moment, I cannot even begin to understand what he must be going through emotionally. All this really places life into perspective for myself personally and us as a team,’ Hart told TTFA Media as members of the team gathered at Phillips’ room at the Bristol International Airport Hotel.” (Trinidad Express)