Thursday 23 May, 2019

Aunt of stolen baby says she forgives ‘perpetrator’

Superintendent Howard Chambers (centre) of the Kingston Western Police Division in the company of the now happy couple, Sinclair Hutton and Suzette Whyte, father and mother of  the newborn baby that was stolen from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston on January 9 and recovered on Tuesday of this week. The three were at a meeting between the police and the parents at the Denham Town Police Station on Thursday.

Superintendent Howard Chambers (centre) of the Kingston Western Police Division in the company of the now happy couple, Sinclair Hutton and Suzette Whyte, father and mother of the newborn baby that was stolen from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston on January 9 and recovered on Tuesday of this week. The three were at a meeting between the police and the parents at the Denham Town Police Station on Thursday.

There will be tears of joy and much rejoicing when the abducted baby boy of Suzette Whyte goes home to the quiet community of Trinityville, St Thomas in the near future. It will be a happy ending to a harrowing four-week ordeal for the family.

On Thursday the police indicated that DNA testing had confirmed that the baby boy who was abducted nearly a month ago belongs to Whyte.

The confirmation came from the Government Forensic Laboratory via the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The baby is currently in the custody of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA).

Whyte is yet to see her child since the great news came, but has been told that the child will be handed over to her shortly.

The baby was found after a woman attempted to have his birth processed at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) at Twickenham Park, St Catherine on Tuesday of this week. Discrepancies with the paper work that was reportedly presented for the registration aroused the suspicion of personnel at the RGD, and the police was brought into the picture.

"After nearly a month of intense investigations that spanned multiple agencies and parishes, JCF investigators are today confirming that the baby that was stolen at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital on Wednesday, January 9, has been found," the CCU release stated.

Meanwhile, the woman in whose custody the baby was found remains in police custody as investigators continue their probe into the development. She is to be interviewed by investigators on Thursday before going on an identification parade as soon as the necessary arrangements are finalised.

For the family, a heavy burden has been lifted.

The baby's aunt, Curline Edwards-Duhaney, said the day is for unbridled jubilation.

"I spoke with the entire family today (Thursday). We are from Trinityville and the community is in celebration, persons on Facebook, family and friends, everyone is celebrating. It's really good news," she told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.

"The baby's return has really made a difference. We have been sad for the past month. My mother, uncle, everyone were down, but today I hear my mother laughing and talking. She was so down. Thanks be to God, the baby has been found," she added.

Interestingly, Edwards-Duhaney, a Christian who has ties with the Church of God of Prophecy, said she has already forgiven the alleged perpetrator of the act.

"I am praying that she will find the Lord. I forgive her. Right now they are doing medical checks on the baby. I cannot tell law what to do, but I personally forgive her. I can't tell my sister what to do, but I hope in my heart that my sister will forgive her one day," Edwards-Dunhaney said.

She worships at a Church of God of Prophecy in Trinidad, where she now resides. 

She held faith that the baby would have been returned even as the ordeal dragged on for weeks of sleepless nights, heartaches and anger.

"Many nights I couldn't sleep, I called Suzette every day. But the Lord showed me that the baby wasn't dead. I knew that we would see that baby again in life.

As for the alleged perpetrator, she reiterated: “What would God do? I cannot tell the judge to grant mercy, but I can say, 'I forgive you'," Edwards-Duhaney said.

She also expressed the belief that the alleged perpetrator should be examined by a medical practitioner.

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