Mahaica attack baby critical

Six-month-old Selena Rambarat who was injured when her mother was attacked by an ex-lover on Monday morning is now in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH).

Fazul Ousman, the alleged attacker, is still on the run and being sought by police. Relatives of the victims reported seeing the man in the area on Tuesday night and yesterday morning.

The child’s mother Kalwantie Kumar, 21, of Hand-en-veldt, Mahaica was returning home from the clinic that day when she was allegedly attacked by Ousman a man with whom she had formerly shared a relationship. Kumar’s right arm was fractured as a result and she sustained injuries to the head.

Reports were that Hemwantie Jadunauth, the woman’s 20-year-old sister and their 56-year-old mother, Lalpatie Persaud, rushed to her assistance and were also beaten by the man. Jadunauth was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Persaud who sustained head injuries had been in a state of delirium but has since regained consciousness.

The child was admitted to the Children’s Ward at GPH on Monday afternoon. Rambarat, who was in her mother’s arms at the time, sustained an injury from a blow dealt by Ousman as he was beating Kumar.  When this newspaper visited relatives at GPH yesterday, Ramabarat’s doctor was in the process of explaining the report on the child’s state.

Rambarat has suffered damage to her brain as a result of the blow and is experiencing internal bleeding, the report said. Relatives told Stabroek News that this has increased their worries and they are hoping that the child recovers. Kumar, still in some pain, said she has not seen her child since the attack.

Ronald Bahadur, Kumar’s nephew-in-law, had reported that Ousman called his cellular phone on Monday night and warned that he would deal with him for saving the women. Bahadur had told Stabroek News that he and his relatives fear for their lives because there is no telling when the man can attack. This is not the first time Ousman has attacked Kumar and her relatives.

Kumar had told Stabroek News that she became involved in a relationship with the suspect about five years ago. The relationship, she said, lasted for just over one year and she was forced to leave because of repeated verbal and physical abuse.

The woman had explained that she and Ousman had a son together and the child was living with him. Kalwantie said that she is currently involved in a relationship with her daughter’s father and has moved on with her life. Ousman, she said, had threatened her repeatedly ever since she became involved with her present reputed husband. Those threats, according to her, only increased while she was pregnant with her daughter.

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