Suspicious baby-death returns to court

POSTED: 02/14/13 12:52 PM

St. Maarten – Almost four years after her 6-month old baby died under suspicious circumstances, Kenesha T.R. was scheduled to appear in the Court in First Instance yesterday. But the case was postponed until a later date because the summons was declared void.

On May 26, 2009, the defendant’s baby passed away. The prosecution charges that the then 23-year-old mother had pulled a plastic bag over the baby’s head and then stuffed it in a sports bag.

In September 2009 R., who is now 26, denied in court that she had anything to do with her child’s death.

The Dutch Forensic Institute NFI outsourced at the time the investigation into the cause of death to the Free University of Amsterdam. Investigators concluded that there is no proof the baby died of a viral lung infection and that asphyxiation is the most probable cause of death. The NFI however reported that these findings were not conclusive and that it wanted to do more research. That was scheduled to take two to three months. It is unclear why it has taken so long for the case to come back to trial.

Kenesha R. has steadfastly proclaimed her innocence. Judge M. Paulides suspended her custody on November 26, 2009 and she has been free awaiting her trial ever since.

The Prosecutor’s Office will issue a new summons to the defendant for an undetermined date in the near future.

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