Par­ents in shock af­ter baby’s death

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS - By DAVANDRA BABB da­van­[email protected]­tion­ @Da­van­dra_­na­tionbb

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.

Want an­swers

“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.

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