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Dad’s grief

Father of baby who died suddenly perplexed by infant’s passing

The community of Tichbourne, The Ivy, St Michael has been thrown into mourning over the sudden death of a two-month-old baby.

The lifeless body of the child, who had not yet been christened, was discovered on Monday night in the bed at a home shared by the mother Kenisha King and the father Samuel Johnson.

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

The two non-nationals  – King is Guyanese and Johnson is Vincentian – have been in a relationship for the past two years.

When Barbados TODAY visited the community Wednesday afternoon, the 64-year-old Johnson, a shopkeeper in the neighbourhood, sat disturbed, still finding it hard to come to grips with his son’s death.

Johnson recalled that on the day of the baby’s death the child’s mother left home and he was babysitting the infant.

“She left the baby with me around 9 o’clock [in the morning] and went down the road. I keeping the baby and thing; I feed he and everything; I put him in the play pen and I was playing with the baby,” he said.

The father indicated that prior the baby’s premature death there were no signs of sickness and the child appeared to have been in good health.

Johnson added that when the mother returned home around 5 p.m. the child was fine.

“She was playing with the baby. I left she and the baby, she tell me bring the baby in the bed and then I left she and come here and sit down with the fellas and then they went home and I went inside.”

Johnson added that when he returned to the house the child and the mother were in bed so he did not bother them.

It was later that King realized that their baby had died.

“I look at she and the baby there up under she fold up and wrap up; I say I ain’t troubling them now.

“Around 9 o’clock now I hear she hollering for me, say, ‘come’; [the] baby in the bed, she tell me, ‘go long over there and sleep with you baby man’. Next thing I see she take up the baby and say, ‘wait, you ain’t responding. I can’t believe you dead’. I say, ‘wait, how you mean he dead?’”

The mother, who had not been home since the infant’s death and has been residing two districts away, was resting when Barbados TODAY visited her.

A family member who asked not to be identified said she was not in a condition to speak.

Acting Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Station Sergeant Roland Cobbler confirmed that police were investigating the matter.

3 Responses to Dad’s grief

  1. Hal Austin August 25, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Tichbourne is not in the Ivy. It is off Howell’s Cross Road, but is a community in its own right.

    • miche August 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

      I got fuh get de nation fuh run uh story on “Who the hell is Hal Austin”

  2. Aldo August 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Very sad condolences to the family


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