Nine-day-old baby reportedly kidnapped in Berbice

Guyanese and Surinamese investigators are probing reports that a nine-day-old baby was kidnapped in the vicinity of the Port Mourant market at around midday on Saturday.

Up to yesterday afternoon, there was no word on the fate of the baby who was reportedly kidnapped by a Suriname-based woman. The baby’s mother Sandra Mclean called “Pinky,” 22, of Number 60 Village, Corentyne told Stabroek News that she gave birth to a baby boy on May 16th at the Skeldon Public Hospital.

She said that whilst at the hospital, a woman called Bibi Khan from Nickerie, Suriname visited her and told her that she had a nice baby.

On Saturday, Mclean said, she was making some preparations for the Ninth day celebrations when Khan hurriedly came to her home and told her to dress the baby and they were going to Rose Hall Town to get some items for the celebration.

Sandra Mclean
Sandra Mclean

Mclean recalled that they went to the town and picked up some items. Before they left to return home, they stopped at the Port Mourant market to get some hassar after the woman said she would like to have some. The young mother explained that she went in the market and bought the hassar after Khan insisted that she would keep the baby.

The woman had stated that if the baby was taken to the fish section of the market, he would be upset with the scent, Mclean recounted.

She said that she agreed and went to buy the hassar but upon returning to the meeting point, she realised that Khan and her baby was missing. Mclean said that she did not expect anything like this to happen. In tears, the mother recalled that she searched the entire market and surrounding areas for her baby. The woman said her efforts to find her baby were in vain.

After realising that the baby was missing, the woman alerted her family and went to the Whim Police station and reported the matter.

Asked how she knew Khan, Mclean told Stabroek News that she met the woman at the hospital. She explained the woman went to the hospital and asked for Sandra and was directed to her as she was the only Sandra in the maternity ward on May 14th. Mclean recounted that they chatted and the woman left and returned on May 16th when the child was born.

The visibly shaken Mclean added that the woman wore a khemar (Muslim headdress). On both occasions, she recounted, the woman went up to her bed and said “you have a nice baby I want to hold him.”

She said that the woman told her that she (Khan) has to “buy” the baby following traditions. She then placed $5000 under his blanket and then lifted the baby and kept saying that the baby is a lucky child. Mclean recalled that on Friday, the woman went to her home and gave the baby another $5000. During her stay at the home, she repeated that the baby is lucky and she loves the baby very much. When asked if she gave directions to her home to the woman, Mclean said no and explained that Khan told her that she loved the baby so much that she searched for them.

It was at that point that Khan asked if they were having a nine-day celebration and indicated that she would like to sponsor the celebration.

However, Mclean recalled that when they went to Rose Hall, the woman would send her to buy the items and she would hold the baby. During the entire trip, the mother recalled, Khan would say that she loved the child and he was a lucky baby. However, the mother said she began to feel a bit strange that the woman wanted to be with the baby all the time.

She had earlier said that the woman appeared to be someone genuine, caring and understanding and had gained her trust.

The woman is said to be in her fifties.

The child’s father Ravikan Bisnunauth has not seen his child since he was born as they were keeping up with the Hindu traditions. The boy is Mclean’s third child.

The family is asking persons with information or any idea of who the woman might be to inform the nearest police station.

 

 

Latest in Local News

default placeholder

Eye care specialists to meet in Barbados next month

Eye care specialists from across the Anglophone, Dutch and Spanish-speaking Caribbean, North America and Europe will converge in Barbados in July for the 27th Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies (OSWI).

default placeholder

Cases being built against drug kingpins

Outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy here, Bryan Hunt has urged patience as it relates to indictments of local drug barons saying that cases are being built in the background that can guarantee convictions.

St Paul’s Anglican Church in Aurora

Aurora Village (Part 2)

Things in Aurora Village are much livelier than in Aurora Estate. Women walk in and out of the health centre with babies hanging from their hips; policemen stand outside the police station bracing against a wooden rail as they talk amongst themselves and shouts of chatter from children playing fill the air.

A Cessna 206 – the model of the planes flown out of Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle yesterday

Probe launched into illegal Cessna flights from Ogle

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) yesterday launched an investigation into the illegal flights of two aircraft from the Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle, East Coast Demerara.

default placeholder

Broke City Hall seeks gov’t bailout

Debt-ridden City Hall has approached the government for a bailout after undertaking several Golden Jubilee projects it did not budget for.

Trevon Thomas

Youth of Guyanese parentage dies in BVI boat accident

A young man of Guyanese parentage died tragically in Tortola, British Virgin Islands around 10:00 hrs yesterday when the speedboat he was in hit rough waters and capsized.

Two of the better appointed stands at D’Urban Park (Stabroek News file photo/Keno George)

D’Urban Park bleachers to remain

The bleachers at D’Urban Park will not be dismantled as originally intended as government intends to preserve and improve the area and turn it into a facility for public events, President David Granger has said.

default placeholder

Funerals held for Kamarang sisters crushed by tree

Post-mortem examinations were performed yesterday on the two children who were crushed to death on Thursday in Kamarang, Region Seven and they were buried with the village council assisting with funeral expenses.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: