Tuesday 26 March, 2019

$75K for mom charged with drowning death of two-year-old daughter

A mother of two was granted bail at $75,000 after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with manslaughter for her role in the death of her two-year-old daughter Isiahilla Sterling.

Young Isiahilla drowned at Chagville Beach, Chaguaramas on August 12, during a family outing.

Her 21-year-old mother, Rizpah Sterling, of Quarry Road, San Juan, appeared on Monday before acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle in the Eighth Court.

She was represented by defence attorney Henry Chase.

Cpl (Ag.) Thomas was the complainant (charging officer) in the matter.

The State was represented by Inspector Wayne Mohammed, who was the police prosecutor.

Chase, in making a bail application for his client, noted that the 21-year-old woman was still coping with the loss of her child, and had even gone to counselling.

She also has an eight-month-old child.

Chase submitted that Sterling had no previous matters before this incident, nor had any other matters since, and as such was entitled to bail.

After further submissions, bail was granted, and the matter was adjourned.

It is expected to resume on November 12.

More on this as it becomes available.

 

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