Sor­row and hope:

Shad­ica Dublin strug­gles to...

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why the man was so keen on en­sur­ing that the re­la­tion­ship be kept a se­cret; the so­cial worker at the hospi­tal in­formed her that he had com­mit­ted a crime when he started hav­ing sex­ual re­la­tions with her.

“They ask me for some in­for­ma­tion and I give them, but I don’t know if they fol­low-up and in­ves­ti­gate but I get to find out that he had a wife and chil­dren,” she said.

He had dis­ap­peared af­ter she be­came preg­nant, but she later got a num­ber for him and called him and in­vited him to see the child. He showed up but did not com­mit to sup­port­ing the child and an ar­gu­ment en­sued; the two have not spo­ken since.

“I does see him sometimes, but I don’t even know if he could re­mem­ber me. I never ap­proach he or any­thing, I don’t hate him, but I just don’t want to re­mem­ber.”

Be­cause she strug­gled with the child and had to take him to com­puter classes as she at­tempted to get her life back to­gether, Dublin said a young cou­ple of­fered to help her with the child.

“They fos­ter­ing and now they have chil­dren of their own. I never sign he over they use to go to Child Care every six months and sign that he was in them care,” she said. The last time she saw her son was De­cem­ber 25, 2016 and she hopes to see him again soon.

“I hope one day he will come and live with me, I work­ing now try­ing to get my own home. I have to get a piece of land and then all my chil­dren can come and live with me. But when I see he, he don’t look like he not happy. He look happy and he know I is he mother be­cause the last time he call me mommy,” she said.

She is em­ployed with a do­mes­tic ser­vice but does not work every day; she gets paid per job. She also does do­mes­tic work for per­sons in her neigh­bour­hood.

“I just hope for a bet­ter fu­ture. Right now I am fight­ing to go back to school and try­ing to give my two daugh­ters the best and to make them happy. I hope one day my son will be back but for now is best he stays there be­cause I think they can take bet­ter care of him.”

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