UPDATE: Neighbours blame themselves for child’s death, say mother neglected children

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The home where the tragic incident occurred

A mother is now in police custody after fatally stabbing her three-year-old son.

Dead is Ramdeo Perniea of 15th Street Foulis, East Coast Demerara.

According to reports received, the child was stabbed twice-once to his neck and once to the chest- and died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).

The incident occurred sometime around 10:00h on Saturday when Perniea’s mother dealt him the fatal stabs. The child’s brother reportedly witnessed the incident and ran next door and alerted relatives.

The 26-year-old mother, told Police that she had a dream that she would die today and since Perniea is her favourite child she decided to kill him instead of leaving him behind.

Neighbours said that the woman stabbed the child in the yard, then took him into the house, locked the door and watched him bleed out.

After his brother raised the alarm, the neighbours hurriedly contacted the Enmore Police Station and Ranks arrived about 10 minutes after. When they arrived, they demanded the woman open the door and immediately rushed the child to the hospital.

Police in a subsequent release detailed that they found the lad lying on a bed, in an unconscious state with suspected stab wounds to his chest and back. They also noted that he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital around 12:00h.

The child’s 51-year-old father was reportedly at work a village away when the incident occurred.

Neighbours said that the woman would usually neglect the children and they would have contacted the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) but related that the officers visited once and saw no one and never returned.

They are also blaming themselves since they now feel that they should have broken into the home to rescue the stabbed boy.

The woman who is apparently suffering from a mental illness, has been dubbed by her neighbours as a nuisance.

This publication understands that there are also numerous complaints at the Enmore Police Station about the woman’s behaviour, with the most recent incident being on Friday night.

The child’s body is at the GPHC’s morgue awaiting a post-mortem examination.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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