Parents in shock after baby’s death
MISHIKA JULES and Andre Skeete want answers. The couple are in a state of shock, disbelief and sadness as they try to understand how their three-month-old son Neymar Ronaldo Andre Jules died.
Jules said it was just the baby’s third day at the nursery when she dropped him off early on December 10 before heading to work, her first day back following maternity leave.
“I got the call around 4:40 p.m. when I was going for him from work. They told me he wasn’t breathing properly and to meet them at Sandy Crest. When I got there he was already blue and everything. They were trying to get back a pulse but got nothing,” she said through tears.
When the Barbados Nation visited the couple at their home at Boscobel in St Peter, the grieving mother was meeting with a pastor from a nearby church and was inconsolable.
The 28-year-old mother said she wants someone to come forward and explain to her exactly what happened to her child.
“I am seeking answers. All his clothes were full of milk, it was coming through his nose and all that. . . . But I still don’t understand it. Seeing my son like that broke my heart. Not even the manager from the nursery contacted me since. Just a lady I know who kept my first son. She deals with the older children but I know her personally so I guess that’s why she called to see how I was doing,” Jules said.
Holding her head in her son’s blanket while being comforted by her older son Ondre, who is 10, Jules said her son Neymar, who was born on August 26, was the “perfect child”.
“He was very happy. And he was really loved; he was a really sweet child. This was supposed to be his first Christmas and now he’s gone,” she added, noting that he was supposed to be christened the week after Christmas.
The baby’s dad, Andre, 34, is also in a state of shock and wants answers or at least an explanation as to how his son died.
Not coping well
“I haven’t been coping well at all. Just three days he gone there and now he gone. We are trying to find out what happened to our baby. We will have to get our lawyer and go from there,” he said.
Skeete also described his son as “a perfect child”.
“He was a sweet, sweet child. Hardly cry. Just play play, play all the time,” he added.
Jules’ mother, Janice Edwards, said the news has hit the family very hard. She too is searching for answers.
“We weren’t looking for nothing so. We are in shock right now. He was healthy, just gone to the nursery so she could go back to work. We were never looking to hear that. I can’t believe it. He was a real sweet and beautiful baby. The whole family in shock,” Edwards said.
The family is appealing to anyone who knows anything to come forward and say something.