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Woman convicted for abandoning her baby

Jewel Coates

Jewel Coates

A mother was on Tuesday fined 100,000GYD for abandoning her baby by the roadside because of “child father issues”.
The charge against Jewel Coates is that on September 20, 2016, she willfully contributed to a child being in need of protective intervention, under the Child Protection Act 2009.

When the charge was initially read to her on September 22, by Magistrate Faith McCurdy, Coates had pleaded not guilty, but this time she pleaded guilty.
Demerara Waves Online News was told that the defendant had initially relinquished custody of her child, stating that she was frustrated and having problems with the child’s father.
In presenting the facts, Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman related that on the day in question a relative of the accused secretly followed her and the young baby as they went through West Ruimveldt Village. The court heard that Coates was observed placing the child by the roadside and beginning to walk away. She however returned and retrieved the child when she saw a dog approaching the infant. Blackman continued that a little way farther, Coates again placed the child by the roadside and this time walked off without returning.

The observant relative then rescued the infant and reported the matter to the East Ruimveldt Police Station.
Coates was told to pay the $100,000 fine or face three months in prison. The baby is currently with relatives.

  • rs dasai

    GOP
    She has 3mths freebies. But it still does not help anyone. Social services?

    • Col123

      A social service eval was appropriate … and the sentence should have been suspended!

      • rs dasai

        Col
        She needs $$$$$

  • Col123

    Hey Donald dumpf , you come across so liberal, yet vote gop!. She can write it off as a loss..and don’t pay taxes….and by the way, my neighbor has some extra wooden crosses he can give you to burn… I can get you some bible to burn with it … so you can see the light…

  • Col123

    The young woman needs help… Can’t understand why a social service evaluation was not a priority for her…before sentencing!.. we need to take care of others who clearly need help!…