Autopsy: 9 mth old Salileen died from fluid in her lungs

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Autopsy: 9 mth old Salileen died from fluid in her lungs

Autopsy results on nine-month-old Salileen Ramsaroop, revealed that she died from pulmonary edema, a condition caused by a build-up of fluid in her lungs.

The baby also tested positive for COVID-19.

However investigators are still said to be awaiting the results of a toxicology report.

A 30 year old female suspect remains in police custody as investigators await advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions on how to proceed with the matter.

The suspect, who is a close relative, allegedly confessed to the police that she gave baby Salileen Malathion insecticide using a syringe.

She left the baby on a bed and shortly after found her unresponsive.

She reportedly told the police that she was frustrated because the baby was crying uncontrollably. The incident occurred at the home of the baby’s step-grandmother at Busy Corner, New Grant, last Wednesday.

The baby’s aunt told reporters that she performed CPR on the baby as they awaited the arrival of the ambulance. Salileen was taken to the Princes Town Health Facility and then to the San Fernando General Hospital, where she died.

Police seized a syringe, a baby bottle and a 250-ml bottle with the markings Malathion at the home.

The baby’s funeral is expected to take place tomorrow at Boodoo’s Funeral Home in Penal.