Freak accident claims child’s life

SCARBOROUGH — A freak accident in Tobago has claimed the life of six-year-old Eric Gittens of Maraval, Trinidad.

Eric was vacationing in Tobago with his mother at Turtle Beach Hotel when tragedy struck. An autopsy was to be performed today to determine the cause of death.

According to police reports, around 5 p.m. on Friday, Eric, a first year student of St. Andrews Prep School in Maraval, was around the poolside of the hotel kneeling on a chair when a concrete slab flipped up from the table, struck him to his head, pinning him to the ground.

His mother, 47-year-old Susan Gittens, screamed for help and was assisted in the removal of the slab.

Eric was then rushed to Scarborough General Hospital but it was too late, as he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Express was told the hotel’s general manager, Leslie Amadee, could not assist at the moment as he was not on the compound.

The Gittens family checked out of the hotel following the incident.

Old Grange and Scarborough Homicide officers are continuing investigations into the incident. (Express)

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