Police ranks in Berbice have reunited a mother with her one-month-old baby girl after the woman’s ex-husband ran off with the child into the Corentyne backlands.

Nalinie Sukhoo Singh, a 32-year-old woman of #72 Village, Corentyne Berbice, reported that her ex-husband Satesh Jagnauth, a 28-year-old Fisherman of #72 Village, Corentyne Berbice, assaulted her and then ran off with her one-month-old baby into the backlands on Monday night.

Singh said her ex-husband Jagnauth was out at sea fishing and had returned after 14 days and came to her residence at #72 Village to visit their one-month-old daughter. Singh said she gave him the child to hold in the yard, and after a few minutes, she approached him to collect the child, and an argument ensued between them.

Jagnauth, who at the time appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, then put the child down on a table and dealt Singh several lashes about her body with a stick, after which he picked up the child and ran into some bushes in the back of the yard and began to head for the backlands.
The woman reported the incident to Police at Springlands at about 20:56 hrs last night.

Police ranks made checks at #55 Village, Corentyne Berbice, at his parent’s house, where his 66-year-old mother said she had not seen Satesh Jagnauth for weeks.

Further checks were made at his sister’s residence at #55 Village Corentyne Berbice, but this was also futile. Police also made checks in the No.72 backlands, but these were unsuccessful.

The police ranks did not give up and continued their search throughout the night. At about 8:30 hrs this morning (Tuesday), based on information received, Police went to a house at No. 72 Village where they saw the suspect and the baby. The suspect was seen running away with the baby, and the ranks gave chase. The baby was later found abandoned near a trench at No. 67 Village Corentyne, Berbice by Constable #25077 Ramdeo and the Special Patrol Region No. 6.

The baby was picked up in a conscious state and taken to the Skeldon Public Hospital. There, she was seen and examined. The baby is presently under observation at the said hospital with her mother, and her condition is stable.


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