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Woman charged with murder of her baby

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The 25-year old woman, who allegedly killed her eight month old son,  was Monday arraigned on a charge of muder.

Shanti Laldass, who was not represented by a lawyer, was not required to plea to indictable offence and bail was refused at that time.

Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry remanded the woman to prison. The matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrates’ Court until April 25 for fixture of the commencement of the Preliminary Inquiry. That inquiry would determine whether there is enough evidence for the woman to be trialled by a judge and jury.

Laldass, originally of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, was accused of killing her son, Antonio Laldass. Police told the court that there is a caution statement.

Based on facts read to the court by the police prosecutor, the woman alleged that she was raped by two Amerindians and a Rastafarian and the child was also killed in the process.

Police further told the court that on April 9, the woman arrived at Papi Show Landing and later left without the baby. She returned on April 11 and went to a shop where she claimed that she was raped and the child was killed.