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Thursday 13 August, 2020

South doctor questioned over foetus in refrigerator

A 62-year-old doctor was expected to be interviewed on Wednesday regarding his involvement in the discovery of a dead baby in a refrigerator at his San Fernando office on Monday.

The doctor has been in custody since Monday following the discovery of the seven-month-old foetus by officers of the Southern Division.

Police said he has had access to legal counsel, who are expected to be with him as he is interviewed.

The discovery was made on Monday by officers acting on information received.

A search warrant was executed at the office and the foetus of a baby boy was discovered wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Relatives of the mother initially told media that the Fyzabad woman visited the doctor to have the baby aborted, however, the family later said that the baby was delivered at home with the assistance of the doctor via telephone. 

The baby's mother, Gail Sooknanan, told media the baby was then taken to the doctor for a check-up and that she was told to go home to rest, and then the family was later told that the baby had been taken to the hospital. However, the hospital had no record of this. 

An autopsy performed on Tuesday by Forensic Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov revealed that the baby died of natural causes.

More on this as it becomes available.

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