Blackett: Infant might have been too young for day care

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett is suggesting that a baby who died mysteriously last week at a day care centre might have been too young to be accepted at such a facility.

However, Blackett told Barbados TODAY he would first familiarize himself with the stipulation regarding the age at which a child is allowed to enter such facilities before arriving at a final conclusion.

He said Government would take a closer look at the requirements for the admission of children to day care facilities here, with a view to ensuring that proper protocols were followed, in light of the death of the one-month-old boy who spent at least six hours at the Divine Day Nursery and Pre-School in St Stephen’s Hill, Black Rock, St Michael before his parents were summoned last Thursday.

The child, Kaiden DaCosta Greenidge, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being rushed there by his parents, Silverson Greenidge and Petra Rouse.

The caregiver had told the father his son “didn’t look right” and needed to see a doctor.

However, what has Blackett bewildered is the age at which the child was accepted into the nursery.

He said it was drawn to his attention that a one month old child should not be allowed into a day nursery because the infant would not have had its first vaccination.

A concerned Blackett gave the assurance that he would get to the bottom of this troubling issue.

“I would think that one month is much, much too young,” he said, adding that a regional conference on children being held in Barbados tomorrow would examine issues such as these.

Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr Anton Best told Barbados TODAY that a baby receives the first inoculation – for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus – at two months old, the second – for polio – at four months, and the third at six months old for haemophilus.

He said the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella and varicella are administered when the child reaches one year old.

Meanwhile, the baby’s father this afternoon said the autopsy had not yet been conducted on his son’s body to determine the cause of death. However, he said he expected that it would be done later this week.

Last week, Child Care Board Director Joan Crawford had confirmed to Barbados TODAY that some of her officers had visited the nursery soon after the boy’s death to hear first-hand from the staff what had occurred.

But with the matter now under police investigation, Crawford was tight-lipped on the visit.

She however disclosed that the facility would be allowed to remain open for business “until we hear from the police.

“The police have the lead in this matter,” Crawford had stressed.

199 Responses to Blackett: Infant might have been too young for day care

  1. Carlson Pascal
    Carlson Pascal September 18, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I would suggest that he not speak further until he gets the facts; his present comments are not helping the situation…as is the case with most government ministers.

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    • Jennifer September 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

      OK, square peg up in the round hole, yet again. Rabbit.

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  2. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy September 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    sigh …

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  3. Veronica Wiggins
    Veronica Wiggins September 19, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Lord have mercy. Sir are you a medical doctor? Why make this statement?
    Dear God.

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  4. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris September 19, 2017 at 12:03 am

    That’s your expert opinion?!?!Steupppes

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  5. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry September 19, 2017 at 12:04 am

    SIDS…is without warning.

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  6. Kathy Lee
    Kathy Lee September 19, 2017 at 12:08 am

    hhhmmmm so day care can take babies from 6 weeks which is not such a huge difference from 4 weeks. Are you going to look into giving mothers longer maternity leave? Anyhow Mr Blackett wait for the details before you choke yourself with your foot

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    • Nikki Bayley
      Nikki Bayley September 19, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Correct….maternity leave in this country is too short and father’s should also get paternity leave. 12 weeks is NOT enough time!

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    • Cyan Jada
      Cyan Jada September 19, 2017 at 5:03 am

      This is very unfortunate but babies are due a six week check up and not a four week one for a reason… both mum and baby should be keeping quiet until then.

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg September 19, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Well maybe if maternity (and paternity leave)was increased….maybe they had no choice but to take the child to day care…some of you quick to judge

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg September 19, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Well maybe if maternity (and paternity) leave was increased….maybe they had no choice but to take the child to day care…some of you quick to judge

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    • Isha TeamScorpio Walker
      Isha TeamScorpio Walker September 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Cyan Jada they get a four week check up and shots it has changed

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    • Alicia Morris
      Alicia Morris September 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Good question

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    • Sonia Small
      Sonia Small September 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Mechelle Stuart the time before your maternity leave should never have been counted cause that was under the doctor order as SICK LEAVE I have 3 and never had a problem went back to work well after 5 months with mines all 3 of them I never knew that babies get a 4 wk check up even if nobody can tell me how I feel to return to work having a baby is stress can lead to depression tiredness etc etc sleepless nights etc etc She did what she thought was best all we can do is sit and wait for an autopsy

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    • Mechelle Stuart
      Mechelle Stuart September 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Sonia Small that is what I was told and I had 2 less weeks for my maternity leave…at the time I was working for an offshore company….believe me it is legit.

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  7. Katrina Sealy
    Katrina Sealy September 19, 2017 at 12:13 am

    So as the “minister of social care” what is the regulation on the age that an infant can enter into day care? How many infants to caretakers? Like u judging this mother that just lost her child. Seems to me the questions should be directed at the facility. Get the facts then comment not speculate! Geez

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  8. Meakai September 19, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Another waste of taxpayers’ money.
    Ossie Moore would have checked and double checked the regulations before airing his mouth. But, nuhbody ain’t gine vote fuh Ossie, cause Ossie ain’t went tuh nuh high school, can’t talk pretty and doan know how to skin he teets fuh nuh reporter.

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  9. Andrea King Patrick
    Andrea King Patrick September 19, 2017 at 12:24 am

    My grandmother used to say “If you don’t have anything sensible to say keep your mouth shut”.
    At a time when two young parents are grieving and hurting, a minister of ‘Social CARE” would say something like This? Where is the Care? Spare a thought for the parents and family of the infant. As usual though, he probably read that from a script. Steupse.

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    • Monique Kashia
      Monique Kashia September 19, 2017 at 5:30 am

      Agreed!!! So unprofessional for a minister!!!

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    • Lisa De Souza
      Lisa De Souza September 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Agreed.

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    • Celeste Belgrave
      Celeste Belgrave September 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Agreed

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    • Eileene Jordan
      Eileene Jordan September 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

      DR. Blackett lol

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    • Sonia Small
      Sonia Small September 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

      NOTHING IS wrong with what he said if only you all would read to understand chaaaaa wunna always on a war path if some would read the article you all would get the point always looking to brew up unnecessary drama

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      • Biscuits September 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        @sonia…agree wholeheartedly with you.

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    • Andrea King Patrick
      Andrea King Patrick September 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Errrrr….. We actually DID read what the man said…..hence our understanding and conclusion that he was being insensitive at a time when persons are mourning. There is a time and place for everything including making jack-ass statements. If he wants to review the acceptance age at nurseries, he shouldn’t allure to this very recent, very painful situation. He didn’t know the review was necessary before?

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  10. Anna Spink-Pitcher
    Anna Spink-Pitcher September 19, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Thought babies had to be 3 months old for daycare?! At least the ones my daughters have been too

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  11. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb September 19, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Wow it took this baby dieing for us to know this,so the age is the issue and not how the child was care for? Mr.Blackett I smell a ratl

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 19, 2017 at 6:22 am
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    • Hermine Alleyne
      Hermine Alleyne September 19, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Who is responsible? I through it was the care givers,they should be checking on babies often to see that they are not in distress, they failed that child,as for Mr.Blackett, I going him to be very insensitive to the pain the parents are going through, but that is what DEM,do.

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      • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 10:26 am

        @Mr. Blackett is another one of the “16” incompetent persons that make up DLP administration. I wonder how many of the Day Care Centers and Senior Citizens` homes have qualified workers and are licensed. When these things happen they should be sued. Barbados hear of things that the big countries do and think that they can do them too without knowing the rules and regulations that goes with them. I can`t say but the mothers should have maternity leave that they can take care of their infants for at least for 12 weeks. Blackett is a disgrace, what do he know at what age an infant can be taken to a center?

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        • Jennifer September 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

          @h.caindre – Mind you he will not go and rally to change any laws around Maternity leave, lobby for paternity leave, or look at nursery admission requirements/training or how tertiary institutions can support mothers wanting to return postnatally. This is how the slaves were on the plantation, push out your baby and back to work. 6 weeks is a bonus. In the EU and UK – Sweden etc, women are allowed 1 or 2 yrs maternity leave. With STAGGERED reduce pay etc. Men are also allowed paternity leave if they wish but with pay drop. This people is in constant suffocation and sufferation at the hands of our house negro politicians. Talk nuff $hyte and do little to nothing to enhance or change anything. Sickening lot.

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  12. Krystal Brewster
    Krystal Brewster September 19, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Damn fool

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  13. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch September 19, 2017 at 12:39 am

    I personally would not have a child so young there but let us all wait on results, now is not the time for blabber mouth thoughts.

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    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham September 19, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Everyone in life has there own circumstances that would lead them to do such . A daycare is supposed to be a safe place where you can take your child ward to be kept . If the child care board and other places were doing their jobs a lot of things wouldn’t be happening . It is not her fault that they killed her son . You speak as though you have never experienced hardships as if you had a silver or gold spoon in your mouth . You don’t speak as though you and your family were experiencing hardships before you turn around and inflict it on everyone’s household . Forget all about those days just looking to take take take . On a serious note be-quiet. Why would you make such as assine comment .

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      • Jennifer September 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

        @Rishona – Spot on.

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    • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      @Angela, you have a job, lucky for you, so you will give up your job and you don`t have an income. How many weeks do you get in barbados for maternity leave?

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  14. Krystal Brewster
    Krystal Brewster September 19, 2017 at 12:39 am

    U owe those parents an apology u fool

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    • Sherry Coleman
      Sherry Coleman September 19, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Agreed. Such an insensitive statement to make.

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    • Latoya Jackson
      Latoya Jackson September 19, 2017 at 8:44 am

      He shud but they are also wrong too

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    • Deborah Clarke
      Deborah Clarke September 19, 2017 at 10:20 am

      An apology for what.the child is too young for any day care
      Mother n child should have a 6 wks check up before school or day care admission

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      • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm

        @Deborah Clarke; the minister and the Day Care should be facing a law suit.

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    • Alicia Holder
      Alicia Holder September 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

      All you have to do then is to tell the government to extend the maternity leave and to change their policy to 6 weeks than to let the nurseries take them at any age. Stupse do.

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  15. Tanzi M Brooks
    Tanzi M Brooks September 19, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Tasha Holder dead on arrival

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  16. Angela Skeete
    Angela Skeete September 19, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Lord help this place hear smfh he’s hmmmmmmm

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  17. Robin John
    Robin John September 19, 2017 at 12:56 am

    How terribly insensitive. To burden these parents with the guilt of placing their child in a daycare now makes them in some round about way responsible. They are already dealing with enough. Better to look at the policies and procedures for infant care and improved training for care givers.

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  18. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow September 19, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Minister of social CARE then do your job and CARE . Instead of insinuating the child died through fault of parents / nursery why not look into why child so young needed to be there in the first place what you can do to make sure no parent is in that position .

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  19. Shirley Kellman
    Shirley Kellman September 19, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Are you a Doctor or a Pediatrician?

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  20. Nicole Clarke
    Nicole Clarke September 19, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Wait… Ppl that wouldn’t have even offered so much as a dime to help support that baby or taken time out their lives to keep that baby while the parents go to school and work, STILL on social media airing their stink mouths!!?????

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    • Kathyann Best
      Kathyann Best September 19, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Well said.

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg September 19, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Exactly

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    • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Nicole Clarke, Bajans are not very sympathetic when its not one of their own, when have you ever seen a bajan at a rally or a protest whether it`s N. America or the UK. not even in barbados.

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  21. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop September 19, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Really?

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  22. Supermum Arthur
    Supermum Arthur September 19, 2017 at 2:21 am

    This government that in is a bunch of hummmm if the daycare have protocol them clearly didn’t care if the parents had to work or go school and them pay a so call well trained persons/business to look after and take care of that child what age got to do with it and how dear you get up and say such thing I feel you just get charged for using your phatform incorrectly smfh

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  23. Suzette Gill
    Suzette Gill September 19, 2017 at 2:27 am

    ?

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  24. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 19, 2017 at 3:33 am

    A complete Jackazz. Just like all the other idiots in this administration. Go to the daycares in Barbados and find out what ages are babies taken in by them.

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  25. Lanceford Skeete
    Lanceford Skeete September 19, 2017 at 4:28 am

    All I’m hearing is the age, the age. So let me get this right. He die because he was too young?

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    • AniRo Burke
      AniRo Burke September 19, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Ort then, people don’t know how retarded they sound.

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  26. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson September 19, 2017 at 4:32 am

    This article and comments are to painful to read, I can’t even comment further. Shelly Ross, your thoughts.

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  27. Mar Git
    Mar Git September 19, 2017 at 4:42 am

    this discussion takes place not to hurt the mother but to prevent it from happening again.

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  28. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose September 19, 2017 at 4:42 am

    What de hell really!!! I hope the parents dont read this cause this will send them into deeper depression…these flying goats should keep them mout shut I am not even amazed by that expect that.

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  29. Mar Git
    Mar Git September 19, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Child should stay with mummy for the first three years, its the healthiest and it’s a fact. If we can’t afford to do so, maybe better to have none. Simple and practiced in Europe since ages. Why to have a babies and then give it away most of the time ?????

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    • Mar Git
      Mar Git September 19, 2017 at 4:57 am

      Exactly the bonding seems to get lost here…

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      • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

        @Mar Git; what you did with your`s. If Europe gives 3 year, tell that to the caring minister and his gang.

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    • JP September 19, 2017 at 10:01 am

      It was simple to have women stay home from work in Europe when the Europeans we’re building a rich economy based on plantations, colonialism and slavery. My grandmother worked and most Bajans women have to work to make ends meet. A three year stay at home is not economically possible and I guess that makes them unfit for children in your mind.

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      • Jennifer September 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        @jp – well said – just to add that this is why if these Europeans who built their rich economies off slavery pay up on reparations this people can implement better holistic care and provide similar safety patterns and facilities for their families. There are even universities and colleges with baby care facilities/nurseries on site to support parents. Mums can nip in during the day etc to visit and breast feed their babies etc. But in this place back pocket politicians is the main issue.

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        • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm

          Jennifer the politicians in barbados are like the dove that never completed building its nest because they always know.

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          • Jennifer September 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm

            Mind you they will copy all the wrong %hyte from those Europeans, but to copy/implement anything beneficial is a no no. Total CLONED jacka$$e$.

  30. Ashawnta Delicia
    Ashawnta Delicia September 19, 2017 at 5:26 am

    So true it’s …from 2 months now

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  31. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid September 19, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Now the CCB gine play all of a sudden they checking day cares to see who registered, who got babies 4 wks, 6 wks, and beyond, just to look efficient. Regardless of how old the child was the daycare is at fault in my eyesight!!! How a child died in your care and it’s not YOUR FAULT but the parents’ fault? For a social care minister you really ain’t sure bout care hear?

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  32. Leann Weekes
    Leann Weekes September 19, 2017 at 5:37 am

    My mom always said if u have nothing good sensible to say just say pretty and done. Minister Blackett even if u thought it u could have kept it to yourself pack of moondonkies this administration is

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  33. Michael Warner
    Michael Warner September 19, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I swear some of these ppl in position in bomb. like they on some heavy ass drugs

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  34. Renée Edwards Williams
    Renée Edwards Williams September 19, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Mr. Blackett, Infants receive their first vaccine at 2 months but most nurseries accept them at 6 weeks before they receive that first vaccine.

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  35. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine September 19, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Mr. Blackett, you like many of your colleagues, are a blasted fool. Yeah, it would have been nice for the baby to be at home with his parents during this formative time. But you know what, the economic climate yourself and your colleagues have created in this country makes such an act damn near impossible.

    Have some compassion, STFU until you have all the facts. And even then, continue to Stfu as you will say something inevitably stupid, it’s in DEMs blood.

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  36. Tessa Stuart
    Tessa Stuart September 19, 2017 at 5:48 am

    This may not be a “liked” comment but I have to agree that the baby may have been a bit too young to be in a nursery. However, we don’t know what caused his death as yet. I have so much sympathy for his mother and father and I pray they get stronger in time cause the pain of losing a child never really goes away.

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg September 19, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Nor do we know the circumstances that led to the parents placing the child in the nursery at that age….

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    • Gail J Standard
      Gail J Standard September 19, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Am but daycares take children from 4weeks tops …everyone isn’t lucky to have someone to take Care of the child when you work or go school

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    • Tessa Stuart
      Tessa Stuart September 19, 2017 at 6:51 am

      My comment is not a condemnation Gail J Standard, it’s my opinion! And as a mother who have suffered from the same kind of loss is why I feel strongly about small babies in nurseries.

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    • Gail J Standard
      Gail J Standard September 19, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Understand but then maternity leave should be longer then

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    • Tessa Stuart
      Tessa Stuart September 19, 2017 at 6:56 am

      I agree, at least 6 months, I may be pushing it, but if I HAD MY WAY and could afford to stay home with mine I would, but we can’t and that’s why I repeat that my comment was not a condemnation cause we as parents have to do what we have to do.

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    • Gail J Standard
      Gail J Standard September 19, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Understood

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    • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Tessa, this is 2017 not 1720 when baby and mother had to be shut up the house in barbados for 3 months, mothers gives birth and in 3 days are out of the hospital in mid-winter in snow and rain.

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  37. Kym Reigns
    Kym Reigns September 19, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Damn skippy

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  38. Pamela Smith
    Pamela Smith September 19, 2017 at 5:54 am

    They want to blame the parent’s before he point his fingers in the right place

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  39. Sharon Jacobs
    Sharon Jacobs September 19, 2017 at 5:59 am

    4 weeks is too young to send a baby to daycare…stupseee .u all bashing d mans opinion…children are parents responsibility..we can’t have it all at d same time…d father go to work. D mother go to school…here in Barbados we tend to put on blindfold to the obvious..and everyone jump on d bandwagon..

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    • Linda Cumberbatch
      Linda Cumberbatch September 19, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Sharon I wid u

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    • Katherine Callender
      Katherine Callender September 19, 2017 at 7:07 am

      I agree,she could have explained herself to BCC and go from the following semester after i had my son i took a terms leave from UWI and sent him nursery at 4months

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    • Katherine Callender
      Katherine Callender September 19, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Furthermore my son went town when he was 8months,4 weeks is way too young to be mixing up not saying they dont deserve an explanation or that they deserve to find their child dead but school cant be more important than my child NEVERRR

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    • Melissa Wallace
      Melissa Wallace September 19, 2017 at 7:19 am

      This is a very tense topic and I can see and even agree with everyone’s point of view. Someone is to blame, or no one. I think with all these opinions it’s just making it more complicated for the parents when they read these articles and accompanying comments. No matter how you flip the coin internally they will place a great deal of guilt on themselves. That’s just the way we as humans are.

      I think we all need to just pray for their peace of mind and for the little angel’s soul to be at a peaceful rest. God had his plan that we cannot see. My grandmother always said trust him when you can’t trace him.

      So I want to encourage everyone to just be mindful of what you say about this baring in mind that this couple may be reading. Let your words be that of encouragement to them and not to lead them down the road of further depression. What’s done is done and we all wish we could change the past but we can’t so let us all help them in our own little way.

      P.S. I do not know the couple or even know anyone who is familiar with them. I just understand being a positive contributor to society

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    • Neelia Williamzz
      Neelia Williamzz September 19, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Sharon Jacob thanks…. I second tht……

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    • Neelia Williamzz
      Neelia Williamzz September 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

      I thinks early childhood education should be looked at a bit closer as it relates to training of facilitators u don’t just walk in a day care and because everyone knows how to change a diaper u get the job… it’s way more critical

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    • Latoya Jackson
      Latoya Jackson September 19, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Sharon

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    • Sharon Jacobs
      Sharon Jacobs September 19, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Katherine Callender i was gonna say all that but i just stop because i started to get angry.. no joke..

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    • Latoya Jackson
      Latoya Jackson September 19, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Lol i gin still laugh but dis int no joke da innocent baby gone n no one is to blame but de person dat guilty gine answer God

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    • Latoya Jackson
      Latoya Jackson September 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Katherine Callender int like she just get pregnant she did pregnant everysince n had plenty time to arrange and put things in order before baby born same way she put baby on bottle if her mum is alive her mum or his family cud sit outside d blasted class and help too

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  40. Rastabeauty Daffodil
    Rastabeauty Daffodil September 19, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Joke so what about leaving a bby with someone to go town r d supermarket an the bby is days old something went wrong at that day care an the aunty who meet them at d door i feel ahe knows what happen hmmmmm

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  41. Sharon Jacobs
    Sharon Jacobs September 19, 2017 at 6:00 am

    How many of u all mothers who commenting n bashing d minister sent “”””u all kids to nursery at 4 weeks””””

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    • Linda Cumberbatch
      Linda Cumberbatch September 19, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Ok then

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    • AniRo Burke
      AniRo Burke September 19, 2017 at 6:40 am

      Some send the kids in two weeks. It’s what is the option at the time, plus some of the child family is aunties at some of these nurseries. Today they are big primary a d secondary children.

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    • Sharon Jacobs
      Sharon Jacobs September 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

      “”some send the kids in two weeks””really,, so nurseries are mothers now.. man wat i reading… options.. first option is u child..anything after.. NOBODY CAN LOOK AFTER A CHILD (BABY)BETTER THAN ITS MOTHER.. I DONT CARE WHAT THE OPTIONS ARE..

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  42. Sweetpea Banfield
    Sweetpea Banfield September 19, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Reports aint come back yet but he talking well well

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  43. Deborah Clarke
    Deborah Clarke September 19, 2017 at 6:19 am

    It all of you who no nothing about day care centre and its rules should shut up
    All day cares private n government are to take babies from 6wks the child was to young
    Mother had no right at school until her 6 wks doctor visit n giving good results it’s the same thing with a working mother

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    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham September 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

      You know what people have a right to . They had a right to that woman’s child and people need to stop straying from that fact !! And if it’s 6 weeks why take the child . I work with a lady who had a baby and returned to work two weeks later what are you really saying . These are some serious times everyone doesn’t have those luxuries .

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    • Andrea King Patrick
      Andrea King Patrick September 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Why doesn’t she have a right? That is her choice to further her education which in turn would benefit her son. Some women do what they have to.
      In the same vein – what ‘right’ do you have to criticise her?” . It all about choice. Her choice . Your choice..

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    • Deborah Clarke
      Deborah Clarke September 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

      It’s her choice but you have to put your well being 1st n the baby both were not ready for day care not school

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    • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Deborah Clarke a Day Care Center should have qualified, certified, licensed persons that can look after a baby whether its a day or a year old, I don`t know what was the cause of the infant`s death, what I know that in N. America the Day Care owners would be looking at a law suit or jail. There was a time when bajan women came to the US and did baby sitting while the parents went to work and some of these folks were very rich and they did not stay at home or wait until the baby start to speak.

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  44. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite September 19, 2017 at 6:27 am

    He just real ignorant

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  45. Alex Jordan
    Alex Jordan September 19, 2017 at 6:30 am

    And bajans sitting back and letting these clowns insult them every chance they get in front a camera or a journalist..

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  46. Niel Harper
    Niel Harper September 19, 2017 at 6:31 am

    See why there needs to be political reform and expert government? Every frigging nuisance with a mouth and an opinion should not be allowed to take up public leadership positions. This one Steve Blackett should be somewhere reporting on the news and selecting lottery numbers. Idiot!!!

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  47. Maureen Fields
    Maureen Fields September 19, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Correct

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  48. Sophia Cumberbatch
    Sophia Cumberbatch September 19, 2017 at 6:38 am

    No baby don’t get out vaccine at 4 weeks

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  49. Keisha Callender
    Keisha Callender September 19, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Thing is the baby mother went back to school she is not home being idle obviously every one else was occupied so they placed the child into trusted care…..my daughters nursery has week old babies and a aunty is assingned to watch them like hawks…I don’t get his comment. …it’s insensitive And looks like they want to put the blame on the parents

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  50. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Ok minister we get that but don’t use that as an excuse not to fully investigate this place and the other’s like it that exist in Barbados.Why was ambulance not called did any staff there not know CPR and First Aid and the list goes on,have a sneaky suspicion that CCB and police just hoping this case will fade from memory but hoping it’s not,simple make Barbados 2017 efficient instead of running it like it’s 1917 backwards.

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    • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Right on Rawle; what is his ministry? minister of Social Care or minister of Don`t Care.

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  51. Viveean Foster
    Viveean Foster September 19, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I won’t put my child in day care so young ,You get 3 months maternity leave. I be so damn scared for my baby at 3 months never mind a tender month old

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  52. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke September 19, 2017 at 6:53 am

    It’s no blame. Whether it’s side or not. The unprofessional manner in how they dealt with the whole situation causes for a shutdown of that day care. You are supposed to be trained for any situations dealing with children. The course at Erdiston very intensive and commonse should prevail as well. They just moved wrong, giving parents a dead baby, madness!!!

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  53. Selma McCollin
    Selma McCollin September 19, 2017 at 6:59 am

    This whole situation is so sad ,but let’s get real , everyone has his or her own opinion…. SMH

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  54. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham September 19, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Blacket should shut his mouth . That’s no excuse for negligence . And if the child was to young for that particular day care they should not have accepted the infant . Why would you say something like this !!! The people ain’t wrong for killing the child !!!

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  55. Cathy Beda
    Cathy Beda September 19, 2017 at 7:06 am

    In Canada the mother is allowed 1 year off and the employer must continue her benefit coverage and guarantee her job or a comparable job upon her return.

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  56. Sonia Hayde
    Sonia Hayde September 19, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Why we love to twist every thing people say he is not making an excuse for any body it is his opinion and mine baby too young for day care stop the negative comments and let’s pray for each other

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    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham September 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

      He should have kept it people like you are the reason why we have all the taxes call a spade a spade . It’s an insensitive comment to make . Are you parent ?

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  57. Africa EmpressNyah
    Africa EmpressNyah September 19, 2017 at 7:15 am

    If he doesn’t know what to say he should hush. ..

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  58. Africa EmpressNyah
    Africa EmpressNyah September 19, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Babies need tender care …that’s it

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  59. Autumnn S. Gale
    Autumnn S. Gale September 19, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Sorry

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  60. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham September 19, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Tessa no. You have absolutely no right to say that . Are you qualified as the Minister to make such statements . So why the people take the child then ????

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    • Andre Cobham
      Andre Cobham September 19, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Rashona you are right. Why did they accept the child ? Because they cater for that age that’s why. So This man hay talking folly.

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  61. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips September 19, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I dont think we should blame anyone. As sad as it is babies die. The day care is not a hospital or medical centre. Babies die in the care of their parents even when they are not negligent. Best think is to wait on the coroner’s report

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  62. Kenille Wiltshire
    Kenille Wiltshire September 19, 2017 at 7:21 am

    How did the baby die? Is the question. My condolences to the parents.

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  63. Kathyann Best
    Kathyann Best September 19, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Yup!

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  64. Althea Marshall
    Althea Marshall September 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Mr.Minister, care is care whether Day care or Home care. Fact of the mater is, it’s a helpless baby that needs to be taken care off

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  65. Juju Reds
    Juju Reds September 19, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I was wondering why they themselves didn’t summon emergency services. The child seemed to be dead or as they reportedly said, didn’t look right, and waited for the parents to come ….wasted time.

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  66. Sylvan Greenidge
    Sylvan Greenidge September 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Let me first offer my deepest condolence to parents and family of the baby. R. I. P

    Well if the majority of you did not jump on the Minister I would have been surprise. But let us stop and think. The Minister is not saying that the baby died because it was too young but he is certainly making the point that I would make now. There is NO WAY that I would put a child of mine that young in daycare or in any kind of care except MY CARE.

    I have two sons and when mommy couldn’t be home with them for whatever reason I took over. I enjoyed being there to feed them, bathe them, play with them and watch the little delights sleep.

    Breast feeding is a very critical part of any child’s first eight weeks in terms of building it’s immune system, hence daycare should avoided.

    Parents of newborns should be spending full time learning about their child. There is a lot you pickup about your child’s development mentally, physically and otherwise. If we have serious challenges releasing our 4 and 5 year olds into the preschool and primary school then the challenge must be greater releasing them into daycare.

    But I await the postmortem before further comment.

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    • Sharon Jacobs
      Sharon Jacobs September 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

      If we have serious challenges releasing our 4 and 5 year olds into the preschool and primary school then the challenge must be greater releasing them into daycare. .. so trueeeeeeeeeee.. i cried for a week straight everytime i took my daughter to pre.school..n she was 3 years old..everywhere i go my feeet always take me to belleville during school hours.. lurking.. looking at d building.. listening to c if i hear her crying..i was a total wreck those few weeks.. so i can never imagine my 4 weeks old in a daycare.. sorrryyyyyyy..

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    • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Mommy was not there so you watch them right? that`s all you could have done anyway, say your baby had Aspiration Pneumonia, what would you have done?

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  67. Maureen Hinkson
    Maureen Hinkson September 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Some babies go to day care already sick some of the parents know them sick and still take them because they have to go to work

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  68. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose September 19, 2017 at 7:43 am

    So that excuses the situation, day cares are suppose to care for the smallest children, even new borns. This is the kind of insensitive tone Deaf bilge you get from the DLP a bunch of uncaring compassionless serfs.

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  69. Desray Jones
    Desray Jones September 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Words fail me.

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  70. Coralene Cadogan
    Coralene Cadogan September 19, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Did the infant die in his or her sleep. Crib death is a common occurrence the baby just stop breathing while it slumbers. There have been cases where the baby could be beside the mother and she wakes up and her child is dead.

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  71. Kelvin Clarke
    Kelvin Clarke September 19, 2017 at 7:50 am

    If the child was too young why the heck did they take the parents money for they should have said this before if the child was home and had died at home would the cause of death have been too young ? That is total nonsense it’s pure negligence that’s what it is .some.of these people need to keep from opening their mouths though.

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  72. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson September 19, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Same thing ibsay

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  73. Neelia Williamzz
    Neelia Williamzz September 19, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I agree with the minister.. the day care is not the issue … the facility is!!! The surroundings!!!!!.. the facilitators who arnt properly trained!!!!!… a baby that is so young don’t have the streangh to go against bacteria and infections…. a child four weeks needs to be home sucking on bubbies not no dam day care.. and this just my opinion

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  74. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson September 19, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Who would want a month old baby away from them unless them own mother keeping it

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  75. Tracey Lorde-Williams
    Tracey Lorde-Williams September 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Facebook needs a are u an asshole button….

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  76. Coralene Cadogan
    Coralene Cadogan September 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I am not a doctor and neither is the Minister and he said “might have been too young” let the autopsy speak and stop passing sentence before the verdict is in. My condolences to the family.

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  77. Suzette Lashley
    Suzette Lashley September 19, 2017 at 7:59 am

    The child was to young for daycare, we get that, however they took him so they need to be penalised, the child “didn’t look right” but they called the parents instead of the ambulance or a doctor, so they need to be penalised, yet they are allowed to remain open. Something is wrong with that. The issue should not be about whether he was too young or not but about the fact that the daycare was negligent. That needs to be addressed.

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  78. Tricia Husbands
    Tricia Husbands September 19, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Is this the part you play to assist the CCB with not doing a proper investigation.My heart bleeds.

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  79. Pauline Bourne
    Pauline Bourne September 19, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Gov put retirement age too 67 and so we have a lot of grandparents that would. Like help but to have to go to work . have go back school cause u want certification even to be maid

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  80. Ivana Cardinale September 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

    In civilized countries, maternity and paternity leave is 6 months minimum, so the parents can care for the baby in the most important time of the baby’s live. In neoliberal governments, that doesn’t exist. And, as we know, Barbados has a neoliberal government system

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  81. harry turnover September 19, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Steve Blackett you in got na sense ? why you din find out the exact age before you run ya mout ?
    …and you say you have to find out before you make a FINAL decision ? big man …how many FINAL DECISIONS you gine come wid ?

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  82. Coralene Cadogan
    Coralene Cadogan September 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

    My review on SIDS or Crib Death even says an autopsy will not show up the cause. Babies even cry in their sleep. The Day Care providers should know this before hand and be instructed to wake the infant.

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  83. charjoy September 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

    So wait tell me Mr idiot Minister does the age of a child prevent an accidental death? People age 90 die by accident every single day worldwide skippa! So here is what you need to do; shut up, close down the nursery until the investigation has been completed and let us know the cause of the child’s death. END OF STORY

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  84. Catylne Fraser
    Catylne Fraser September 19, 2017 at 8:12 am

    But what kinda skullduggery this is that the Minister talking? Stupse….

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  85. Maria Edwards
    Maria Edwards September 19, 2017 at 8:15 am

    So thru ppl only talk cause they have a mouth but put the situation on they feet n see no one knows the situation of what happens instead of running mouths n talking a bunch of chap a innocent life is gone so justice for this child please … Father Lord I ask u to intervene in this matter in Jesus name justice on the behalf of this child

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  86. Alisha Yearwood
    Alisha Yearwood September 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

    true

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  87. Sherri small September 19, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I so agree with you Mr Blackett the baby was to young to be place in such an environment and yes his age is an issue that need to be addressed and the daycare for accepting him this is not about placing blame on the parents this is for us as parents to be aware of the dangers to a child so small in a facility and such a setting a lot of people pointing fingers at the daycare and blaming them until we get the autopsy report we have no idea if there at fault if it was SIDS or if he pick up a bacterial infection or what but what we do know is daycares accepting infants so young need to be addressed.

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    • h.calndre September 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Sherri Small, the environment should even be better than where the baby came from. Mothers had to leave their babies in the hospitals and some babies are raised without their mother, check the Day Care and see if it was qualified to be taking care of infants whether they are 1 day or 1 year of age.

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  88. Sherla Gilkes
    Sherla Gilkes September 19, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I would really like to know what she should of done differently.?All her family work’s she has to go back to school,so what could she of done with the babyShe did what she had to so don’t blame the young lady the Nursery is so much to blame ,for they irresponsiability.
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  89. Shawna
    Shawna'c Welch September 19, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Yes! the child was to young to be taken care of by strangers. However day care is just a place the atmosphere couldn’t have taken the baby’s life . What could have is a group of uncertified employed workers who didn’t know what to do In the situation of illness such as (CPR) In a case where there is absence of breathing. Then go to the emergency room as soon as possible. Let the parent meet you there something there are lots of different ambulance who can transport to QEH.
    So come better with the pathetic statement because it could have been any baby ,the place didn’t matter majorly.

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  90. Sunny Bee
    Sunny Bee September 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Embarrassing…

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  91. Celeste Denny
    Celeste Denny September 19, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Mr Blackette no disrespect but sending a 4 wks old child to be cared for while mummy goes to school is no reason for a nursery to carelessly allow this infant to die in their care , some body needs to answer to this and be charge for negligence

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  92. Celeste Denny
    Celeste Denny September 19, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Stupesss, Damn foolishness

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  93. Kemar Sandy
    Kemar Sandy September 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Why would you comment if you didn’t have an idea of the regulations? Furthermore as Minister of Social Care would this not be under your portfolio? Where is your permanent secretary!? Also if the child was too young and not immunized I’d assume that the operators would know better than to have that child with other children, this whole situation is a mess Minister Blackett

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  94. Chris hill September 19, 2017 at 8:57 am

    The daycare should have turned back the child, but in the economic climate every dollar counts, daycares set up too easy and are money machines for the owners. The minister is truly an ass, completely blind to see that one keep your mouth shut, two, the economy is to play a big part because if the mother got a job the pays her under the table then there really is no maturity leave and what about the father, what role is he playing in all this. Investigate the I get you pregnant and my mother give look after the child mentality. Now U.S. The reader are pushing blame here and there but not one solution has been mentioned but none the less the square pegs in round holes in the ministry are just as lost. A whole lot of polished cars, polished nails and no one to truly lead the pack is the biggest problem. My condolences go out to the parents and I hope they vote in the coming election for a better future.

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  95. Alex Alleyne September 19, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Yet another Minister who has “earned his foot-in-mouth degree”.

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  96. Sherol Leslie
    Sherol Leslie September 19, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Its like he need to research he comments

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  97. Tyra Foster September 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    If this minister knew anything about the the story he is so heavily commenting on, he would know that Kaiden (which is his name not the one month child) had a doctors appointment the day before in which he was in GREAT health. What could he possibly pick up within the 6 hours that would cause him to die right after?? There are several persons who don’t have an additional family memeber to help watch their child so they turn to day care, this family was not the first. If the nursery was worried about the safety of Kaiden attending nursery at 1 month something should have been said prior to September 13th. Reguradless of Kaiden’s age how the caretakers went about the situation when they realized something was not right was wrong. Calling a parent and saying “something like it wrong” when a baby is unresponsive, not calling an ambulance or performing any form of cpr which I believe any caretaker should know, does not sound like proper protocol to me for any age.

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    • Jennifer September 19, 2017 at 10:16 am

      @Tyra – Well said. This is what these ministers do. Come out make statements of criticisms and no solutions are ever stated or any measures rolled out. I am sure this is not the first young baby that was placed in any nursery before. People will do what they have to do. He should wait for the autopsy findings, police investigations etc and then speak. People in general on here is not looking at all the evidence presented by the parents. Such as blood on the mouth etc. The first protocol should have been to inform parents and call a Dr weather local or an ambulance. AND CO-OPERATE FULLY WITH THE PARENTS QUESTIONS. Why was this not done???????

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  98. Theresa Leslie
    Theresa Leslie September 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Embarrassing for someone wid brains

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  99. Felicia Browne
    Felicia Browne September 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Another example of victim blaming. Without any medical report to determine cause of death– the minister has resorted to blaming the victim for being too young — and his parents. Ask him to apologize to the family and the young deceived.

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  100. Andrea Beard
    Andrea Beard September 19, 2017 at 9:14 am

    There is something called “crib death” Sir.

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  101. Edwena Headley
    Edwena Headley September 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Sir you need to come into the 20th century. The average employer only give you 6 weeks of leave for natural birth and 10 weeks for c-section birth. I am speaking from US point of view. I sure Barbados probably on the same track

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    • Jennifer September 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

      6 weeks – yes

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  102. Ryesha Pinder
    Ryesha Pinder September 19, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Evidently Y’all missed the Intelligent and logical Train years ago. It took my 4 weeks to heal from surgery and I had to be literally barred off from everything that would make me sick alll over again or even give my wounds an infection so tell me what in jesus garden a baby doing at nursery at 4 weeks????? 4 weeks aint 6 weeks either there is a DIFFERENCE regardless as to how Micro it may be. How Can someone tend to a 1 month old baby with a million other babies Crying man ?? Its certainly not the cause of Death but it could have definitely be avoided ! The time they may not have had for the child before its sad to see now they have no choice but to MAKE the time Now.

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  103. colleta September 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Definitely too young to be left at Nursery. One month old the mother would be the best person to take care of her child. that’s the time the child need nourishing by the mother.

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  104. Deborah Clarke
    Deborah Clarke September 19, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Ann Ford correct

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  105. Deborah Clarke
    Deborah Clarke September 19, 2017 at 10:26 am

    You are absolutely correct sylvan greenidge

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  106. Hewers of wood September 19, 2017 at 10:27 am

    There are mothers who die in child birth and the babies do live on and flourish. I had to put my baby in a nursery at 5wks old, and he is a big boy today attending Harrison college. NEVER CAUGHT ANY ILLNESSES EITHER. We always running around in the house playing and sparing to this day.

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  107. Sally Sims
    Sally Sims September 19, 2017 at 10:36 am

    BINGO !!

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  108. Wendy Jones
    Wendy Jones September 19, 2017 at 11:05 am

    What the heck .is that moron saying.

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  109. Laura Rudder
    Laura Rudder September 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Regardless of age, any two bit idiot, especially ones who purport to run a day care facility to look after children can look at a child and tell that something is not right , at which point you seek medical attention.

    With their recent track record, the Child Care Board investigating really does not say much either.

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  110. Cathy Jessamy-Babb
    Cathy Jessamy-Babb September 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Nonsense. They did not protect the child. I will stress that. When you have a new born, one person is assigned to that child in a special area. The child is heavily protected. Everything is heavily sanitized. They do not let you wear anything you wore from the outside in the room. I know, my son went early to daycare and they protected him heavily and kept me informed and logged everything in a special log book. No daycare wants a death on their hands. Once they accept the child and signed documentation you cannot have any failures. Something went wrong. I forgot to mention, the lady who took care of my son was not a professional but a caring person.

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  111. Sharon Ramsey
    Sharon Ramsey September 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    How he mean? So he saying its because of the daycare that baby died? Where he come from? How he expect the baby parents to feel when he try to cast blame on them when as far as we know they do the same thing as me and nuff more..which is…car nursery de baby!

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  112. The Negrocrat September 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Is he drawing the tax payers money.
    He is a misfit not a minister

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  113. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 19, 2017 at 11:36 am

    No detours. The parents left the baby in care and trust of the staff at the nursery. They Failed, Failed their duty of care by failing to seek medical attention promptly. And they must be held accountable. The government need to put measures in place all qualified nursery staff & child minders that look after children before and after school should be trained Paediatric First Aiders. The children’s welfare is paramount and the investigation should, be carried out thoroughly. The problem with those in authority they’re too quick to sweep pressing issues under Mount Carpet and this disgusting attitude needs to STOP.

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  114. Sonia Small
    Sonia Small September 19, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Some of you people just don’t read to understand READING and UNDERSTANDING IS VERY FUNDAMENTAL I agree the child was too young for daycare however that does not merit that is why the child died OMG people whats wrong with yaal

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  115. Coralita September 19, 2017 at 11:42 am

    First and foremost my deepest condolences to the Mom and Dad. I trust that with time the pain gets easier. Parents do not let that handsome little lad’s short life be in vain. Ensure you get support and get to the bottom of this.

    Since this story broke, I did not read anything where it said the mother was employed. It said she was at Community College. So why all the talk about maternity leave being six months and employers only giving six weeks. She was not employed so that does not apply in her case. Personally, I would have taken a break from classes.

    The parents did what they had to do but personally my one month old child would never be placed in any nursery. I stayed home with my child until she was ready for school at three plus. I know not everyone can do that but I think one month is too young to be exposed to that toxic environment and bonding time is lost.

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  116. Resse Brathwaite
    Resse Brathwaite September 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Wait. So what she suppose to do with the child then? Don’t even want women to get more paid maternity leave. But wait we suppose to be getting children to. All of this is what’s contributing to the declining birth rate. Stupse.

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  117. Vonetta Freeman
    Vonetta Freeman September 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Wow . well if it was then you all know what to do make sure mothers have more time home with their newborns 3 months ain’t enough . when will they get it right .smh .
    Insensitive jerk

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  118. Oppressed Parent September 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    It seems as if none of you read the report. The minister did not blame anyone. He is right in saying the baby was too young to be accepted into day care. Investigations will be made so no need for all the speculation and name calling. No institution should allow an individual into the building without the doctor`s medical certificate. Period. The baby did not drop out of the sky. He had two parents apparently present. Therefore there must be extended family who could have helped for two weeks. We are all prepared to assist strangers from far off lands but here at home there is no refuge for those in dire need? Where is the church?
    Let the Minister do what is necessary. It is high time maternity/paternity leave is extended, claiming income tax for more than two children expanded for parents with more than two children to feed, day care facilities in the work place and tertiary institutions implemented. It is high time somebody pay attention to the needs of parents and in particular women. These issues have too long been ignored. Minister Jones was calling for increase in births to save NIS and the Common Entrance results but cases like these should open his eyes. Just Saying!!!

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  119. Sophia Sayers September 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    So as Min of Social Care what he gine do? Lengthen maternity leave? Increase benefits so we can pay a private nurse when we have to leave our babies? Allow us to stay in hospital until babies can go into daycare?

    Age at daycare is from 6weeks, first shots at 8weeks(2 months).

    My God! Caregivers should have called ambulance even before parents if the baby didn’t look right! Every second counts in caring for children.

    If that child was at home with someone we would not question age and where the mother? We would be asking what the hell the responsible adult looking after him did? That is the question!

    Parents did nothing wrong! Not everyone has family support at home in this day and age.

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  120. ascuriousastheyget September 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    At the end of the day this baby lost his life while in the care of an institution meant for TAKING CARE OF BABIES. Now if they knew there was an age restriction, why take the child in the first place? (So Minister, your view of the child being too young….bleh). This means that the nursery is not aware of any restrictions when it comes to admitting a four week old baby.

    Secondly, GOOD LAWD, these two young people had a setback with having a baby at a young age but THE MOTHER is continuing her education FOR CHRIST SAKE so I do not see any fault in her placing her child in an environment she thought was safe while she tries to make herself qualified and USEFUL to herself and her son.

    If she was in the paper now begging, some of the same people who saying she should be home with the child would be lambasting her about why she don’t go back to school or look for a job…….can’t please Bajans.

    Wunna just like to air wunna mouths sometimes, at the end of the day who will answer for the death of this child whether he is four weeks old or was four months old. HE DIED IN THE CARE OF SUPPOSED CARE TAKERS.

    SOMEONE HAS TO ANSWER FOR HIS DEATH.

    Is it more significant that he was not older than 4 weeks or only me seeing that these two young people grieving for an ADORABLE little boy. We get caught up in too much nonsense sometimes

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  121. Belfast September 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    What a pillock?

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  122. Tony Waterman September 19, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Blackett: Infant might have been too young for day care.

    Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett is suggesting that a baby who died mysteriously last week at a day care centre might have been too young to be accepted at such a facility.

    The owner and Principal of A Moms Best Friend Childcare Centre in Barclays Terrace, St. Michael.

    “We cater to newborns (One Month Old is NEWBORN) all the way to five year-old. We have an Infants section, two toddler sections, pre-schoolers three to five year olds.

    Prior to coming back home to Barbados she lived and worked in the US where she obtained a degree in early childhood education, and a Bachelor’s in Teaching.

    Warrens Primary & Preschools
    Mapp Hill Haggatt Hall St Micheal Barbados
    Children ages 3 months (This is NEWBORN) �� 4 years.

    Perhaps The Minister should STOP trying to look good, and wait until the Autopsy(if there will be one) is Completed’ before

    making his “SILLY” Statemen about it being too young for daycare, when they are Day Care Places like “A Moms Best Friend Childcare Centre in Barclays Terrace, St. Michael” that has Openly ADMITTED taht they take “NEW BORNS” up to “FIVE YEARS OLD” if that is NOT ALLOwED by The Daycare LAWS in Barbados, then someone is ASLEEP at the Wheel, and the Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett, would be that “SOMEONE”

    Perhaps he should start wiping the Egg of of his Face.

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