“I am still crying” – Mother of drowned baby speaks

Photo of baby who tragically lost her life on Monday.

The mother of the 8-month-old baby, who tragically drowned last weekend at Number One Beach, near Hampstead River, describes her state as sad, shocked and nervous.

In an interview with DNO, after she was questioned by police, Leania Joseph recounted the tragedy.

“I put her to sleep and went to play rounders. When I came back, I didn’t see the baby and we thought that the baby’s father had picked her up. But someone said that the water looked deep and that the child could have crept to it,” the 16-year-old said, hesitantly.

Joseph continued, “So, we looked for the baby by the river and someone saw her floating in the water. I was shocked. I couldn’t look at her like that; I just cried. I’m still crying.”

She reported to the Calibishie Police Station yesterday morning, per request, to give a statement and subject herself to questioning.

She was subsequently sent home.

She sobbed, “I haven’t slept up to now. I cannot sleep. I’m just sad.”

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151 Comments

  1. Teen
    September 7, 2011

    THINGS DO HAPPEN …..THAT ARE BAD WAY FOR ARE BABY TO LOSE HER LIFE :oops:

  2. Faith Dawn
    August 4, 2011

    miss when i was in your age i had 2 kids life do stop here is not your flult no mother would like there child to die that way i fill 4 you take courage god in control stay strong accept my sympatyy

  3. wasn't an accident
    June 28, 2011

    you planned on killing her, no one would ever leave there child next to a river and go far away to play rounders thats carelessiness.i want to see who is the ass mother that did that to that cute baby.

  4. June 23, 2011

    MAY U FIND COMFORT AND STRENGTH IN THE LORD. IT IS NOT EASY U WILL ALLWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST CHILD SURROUND YOUR SELF WITH POSSITIVE PEOPLE U WILL HEAL GOD IS GOOD DONT LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO TRY TO PULL U DOWN FIND A CHURCH GROUP AND GET SOME SUPPORT. WHO BEARS IT KNOWS IT I HAVE SEEN YOUR TEARS I CAN HEAR YOUR PAIN CAN U HEAR HER?

  5. MALPARDEE
    June 23, 2011

    GIRL U ARE SOOOO LUCKY U ARE NOT IN THE US. FIRST U WOULD BE CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD. THEN I DON’T KNOW IF THEY WOULD CONSIDER IT MANSLAUGHTER. STRAIGHT JAIL FOR U. NO WARNING. DO NOT PASS GO DO NOT COLLECT TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS. ALL U WELL LUCKY IN DA. TRUST ME. POLICE NOT EVEN ASKING U WHAT IS ROUNDERS. HANDCUFF AND LET US GO..

    • Cici Angel
      July 5, 2011

      lol bt on a serious note that is so true i think da police n d pple aself need to step up their game to many times we see parents endangering their kids life for foolishness murdreing them bcuz of a break up . it is bcuz they kno the court of justice will not come down hard on them tht y they doin this i 15 n i see we NEED to change this madness and step up or game

      peace

  6. Anonymous
    June 20, 2011

    pure stupidity,how u going and play rounders and live your baby alone.I know u regretting that now. u need prayer child

  7. June 19, 2011

    IT IT SO SAD FOR THE FAMILY MAY GOD BLESS U ALL.AND PEACE BE WITH U.READ SAM 23 AND THE LORD WILL DEFINATELY HELP U.DATS WAT I DID AND I AM SAVED NOW.IT IS NOT EASY.BUT IF U TRY U WILL GET THROUGH.JESUS TAKES THE WILL

  8. tell me
    June 18, 2011

    He who are without sin may he cast the first stone.

  9. yes dat u hear
    June 18, 2011

    aye i want 2 see that girl!!!

  10. thanksgod
    June 18, 2011

    As a sixteen year old u should be in school not having a child. If u was caring then u wud neva live d child and go play rounders or if u did then u should have an eye on d child. U was just not ready for that responsibility I can’t blame u, u was just doing as a sixteen years old should. Everything happens for a reason so just asked god to rest her soul in peace.

  11. No Nonsense
    June 18, 2011

    Dominicans are a bunch of hypocrites. The girl was 100% wrong to leave a 8 month old baby by a river and go playing whatever she was playing. So many tragic ways that baby could have died. This was pure stupidity on her part, and I’m not feeling sympathetic towards her. Its so sad that a baby had to lose her life because of a stupid mother and her followers who are as stupid as she is to have allowed her to put the baby in such danger. You all who are pretending to be sympathetic don’t see the big picture. What if a flash flood had occured? There could have been heavy rains in the mountain and the river could just come down. You don’t leave your children unattended, its just stupid. I remember some years ago a girl in Grandbay left her Baby in a house with a lighted candle, and the house caught fire and burned the baby to death. All this is just pure stupidity. I would jail all off them. You ought to be careful when it comes to children. You can’t run to the shop for ten minutes and leave your baby home alone. That is just pure stupidity. People you can’t take chances with children. Where-ever you are going, bring your children along with you. Yes mistakes can happen, put you are not going to open a window for a mistake of that magnitude to occur. I will say it again, this is just total stupidity on her part. People are focusing on her age, her age has nothing to do with that nonsense she did. There are many young, responsible people, who are even more responsible that grown people. Anyone who says that this was a mistake is just as stupid as the mother of the deceased baby. How can you leave a baby by a river and go play? There is no excuse for that, and she should be jailed. Dominica is too Lawless. Send her ass up to Stock Farm. And the men who found it wise to get her pregnant should also be jailed for sexual assault. Where is the Law? I will stress again that you can not leave children unattended. That girl have all her senses, she knows right from wrong. She knows that water can drown people, so she was wrong to leave the baby there. All the people who was there should be jailed. A Donkey would not be so stupid. Apparently animal parents shows more due, care, and attention than human beings when it comes to their young. Animals don’t leave there young unattended. They gaurd their youngs like Security Guards. Like I said I feel no sympathy for a fool, and she should pay for her stupidity. Why should a baby lose her life, becuase of a fool? Think of the few seconds of horror that baby went through before she died. Anyone who has ever experienced drowning should understand what horror that child went through before she died. So people stop saying that she’s a child herself. She’s not a child, she’s in Pre-adult stage. She’s beyond the age of twelve. Like the person who carried out a survey of children ages 9-11 proves, there is no excuse. If a nine years old child no its stupid to leave a baby by a river, much more should a 14 years old teenage girl know it better. She has long time passed the age of knowing right from wrong, so she has no excuse.

    • tell me
      June 18, 2011

      You have so much to say what and how have you contributed in the developement of these young minds? We need to think that when we ture an eye and say is mot my child or point fingers instead of correcting or help play a part in some part of the development of the younger ones we are stupid not them. right now this young lady dont need to know how stupid she is she knows that allready but its to late but there are others so all of you that run up phonebills waiting for government to do and we dont want to protect our own TELL ME WHO IS STUPID. what so ever we do to the least of my brother that you do onto me. if you know that you personally try to help in the development of this young mother and others and they fail then you failed also.

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2011

      i would shake ur hand if i knew u couldnt have said it better myself. she did not even put the child where she could easily throw an eye on her which is basic common sense. not even asking someone to watch her while she was gone to alert her if she woke up i mean come on these are basic things anyone should know u dont even have to be a mother to kno tht. n the people who were around n those she was playing with couldnt ask her where she put d child dwn?? na man tht is carelessness i was ten and baby sitting my brother n not even at tht age i ever left him alone farless for 16.

    • dry cry
      June 20, 2011

      i agree wit u 100% on dat

  12. Holly wood PALMER
    June 17, 2011

    My heart goes out to u young lady for ur loss…May God protect u and keep u under his wings. He alone knows what u goin thru and maybe he took this baby for a reason cuz u are so young and the child may hav suffered thru life. But on the other hand as a mother u must never leav a baby alone especially so close to a river or sea.. R.I.P young one

  13. Justice
    June 16, 2011

    If you wanna start pointing fingers…tell me whioh is worse? An ACCIDENT a baby drowning by a river? Or going to that famous doctor in Roseau next the cel phone company and getting rid of growing babies…with hands and feet and a beating heart….mar-gway sai…My dear…u made a stupid mistake and you lost your baby…the bible say in everything give thanks….Praise God…

    • Truth, Love, Peace
      June 19, 2011

      @ Justice

      Doctors are in the business to help save lives and not to murder them or assist in murdering them.
      One day God will hold him accountable which he already is. Woe to him, as a doctor, denying the vulnerable babies the right to life, rather than counseling the mothers to keep their babies.
      Once conceived a baby is a loving treasure from our Almighty Father, God.

  14. eusha
    June 16, 2011

    All you just there on the little girl and her mother head let thee little girl rest in peace man. It don’t matter her mother age it could happen to anyone of us. so stop pointing fingers. pray for her is not like she kill her child on purpose.DOMINICAN STOP BAD TALKING AND START HELPING.

  15. Anonymous
    June 16, 2011

    This is truly very sad news. My dear, please accept my deepest condolences.
    May the good Lord comfort you and your family in your sorrows.

  16. Myss Rene
    June 16, 2011

    So sad, R.I.P young one, you’re safe now. May the good lord guide the mother.

  17. Sinner under grace
    June 15, 2011

    To the young mother, Im very sorry for your lost and accept my sympathy in your time of grief. May God keep you and strengthen you. And for all the PERFECT people casting stones ask yourselves WWJD (what would Jesus Do)he would never react the way you`ll are behaving.Accident happens,you never know what tomorrow will bring your way,treat others the way you would want them to treat you.

    • Anonymous
      June 18, 2011

      WWJD??? Jesus wud never leav his child alone to play rounders!!

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2011

      he also spoke about the foolish and the wise!

  18. Teen
    June 15, 2011

    every one who is talking about man slaughter n wats not….we live in a kinda world now…we have our own differences,faults etc.i no hw u wud feel to hear a 16 yr old having 2 children.d mother of that child shud also be blammed for allowing ha daughter to have dese kids in ha home or weather on ha own. i believe that PARENTS today let go for thier children to early n too much.i sympathize with u young mother im jus young as u. my best advice is let go n let god have his way. :cry:

  19. shame on you
    June 15, 2011

    No child deserve to die in that manner especially an 8 month old baby who has not yet given the chance to enjoy life. what a shame. may her soul rest in peace and i hope the mother learns a lesson..she is in a better place with someone who will never leave her side.

  20. purebeauty
    June 15, 2011

    some of you are just writing nonsense. i do agree that the young lady (mother) should have taken her time in life but we all know that as teenagers our hormones are very active and if this young lady had no one to caution/ guide her through life then this could happen. it is good that she kept her pregnancy instead of having an abortion. i felt sorry for her. young lady my heart goes out to u. i am a 23 year old woman and i have a heart and a conscience. some of the older people should not be giving all those bad comments about the girl. she made a mistake. i HATE to see dominicans bring down people like that. i believed she loved her baby inspite of what.

  21. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    no matter how u look at it.. its still sad cuz no one can deal with nun like dis no matter wat age

  22. ???
    June 15, 2011

    After I heard of this tragic incident my curiosity was aroused….I conducted a survey. I asked a group of children ages 9-11 if they would leave a baby sleeping by the river to go and play with their friends. They all responded ‘No’. I asked why not? They responded, somebody could take the baby, they baby could wake up and go into the river and drown.’ mind you, none of these children are teenagers. One child took it further and said that it is carelessness to do something like that. I’m am sorry…I’m not saying that this was intentional, but it is a sign of carelessness and negligence and somebody needs to pay for it. I’m not sure if the 16 year old will, and I certainly think she should, not out of maliciousness, but Justice must be done, or an adult who was in the vicinity.

    • A Observer
      June 16, 2011

      For goodness sake it was an accident, people miss judge sometimes, the mother is a child herself and inexperiance. maybe we need to do some workshop for young mothers on childcare. punishment is not the answer in this case.

      • alli
        June 17, 2011

        i agree with u my friend

      • Anonymous
        June 19, 2011

        that is basic common sense u dont leave a child out of ur site in a public place like a beach period. whether u a mother or not everyone knows that. workshop for child care tips on how to raise ur child but not a basic thing like tht all cat n dog kno. stupes

  23. concerned person
    June 15, 2011

    some of the comments posted state that the young mother might have been the one that committed the murder ………people, yes , you all have your veiws and opinions but come on you are not certain that it was the mother that committed crime. on the other hand that shows how irresponsible young mothers can be. no sense of right judgement what so ever. R.I.P. BELLE BABY

    • MS.D/A
      June 17, 2011

      @ CONCERN PERSON i don’t agree with you accidents do happen it could have been you at an older age it doesn’t happen to young mother’s alone so u should not say that.We all make mistakes in life this is just and eye opener and how we should not go with our judgement at all times.MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE.

  24. Ahhhhhh!
    June 15, 2011

    right now a tsunami of emotions are going through me, i feel so much for the baby and more so for the mother.i know you meant no harm to your baby but darling this is a BIG mistake and i sincerely hope that you learn from it and please call on God for forgiveness, courage and strength and never ever forget your sweet baby, ask her to forgive you and know that not everyone thinks of you as a monster you are simply a young mother who loves her kids. i’m so sorry!

  25. scorpion queen
    June 15, 2011

    be strong .am a mother to. Accept my sympathy.keep praying.

  26. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    sad lost boy

  27. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    so sad for the young mom

  28. pebbles
    June 15, 2011

    who leaves a 8mth baby alone unattended? this lady should be charge with abandonment and neglegence causing death

  29. Carib Diva 1
    June 15, 2011

    Young girls you should be at school studying your education, so that you can save some money, wear some nice things travel a bit be independent- that sounds too good eh…..leave the boys & men alone you too fast!. :-x

    • Muslim_Always
      June 15, 2011

      Rubbish, material things are not all. I cannot stand a materialistic woman, they make me want to throw up!

  30. C
    June 15, 2011

    These young girls who have children, most of them are children and do not know about this sex thing. These young mothers are the ones who still want to be in the thick of the carnival music with a 2week looking baby. They are the mothers who must be in roseau with the babies and crying toddlers in the miday hot sun. I always feel so sorry for the children when i hear them crying and fussing – this is absolutely child abuse anyway you look at it

  31. on your side
    June 15, 2011

    Think about it how many of you left your homes and went to the shop for ten minutes and left your kids home, how many of stayed up talking to a man and not checking your kids, how many of you just went to get some sugar in the shop and stayed a little longer than expected talking to a friend while your kids are at home, how many of you are watching soaps while your kids are somewhere playing and dont even know what they are doing, how many of you all put a GOOD SEX before your kids, how many of you put them in hands of friends and go out to party. who says while u out innocently that something could no have happened. they could be molested, kidnapped, killed, burnt, fall, broken limbs, even death.So all this to say not because thank god it never turned out so for you for you to just lash out at the kid. and you know what you call that hypocrites.
    ANY WAYS TO ALL THE GOODS MOMS WHO SACRIFICE THEIR FUN AN KEEP THEIR EYES ON THIER KIDS AND ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER FOR THEM BIG UPS.
    THANK YOUU MAMMA.

    • MS.D/A
      June 17, 2011

      @ ON YOUR SIDE AM WITH YOU ALL THE WAY.AND ALOT OF US WHO ARE MOTHER’S DO SOME THINKS IN OUR TIME NEVER EXPECT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN.

  32. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    soneone should be in jail. This young mother by right needs to be playing. The mother of the baby has lost valualbe childhood. Why is somebody not in Jail for sexual abuse leading to this 8 month old? We as a society iar sick and have to be blamed. Father help us

    • lena
      June 15, 2011

      I agree. But that in no way excuses her for her actions & neglecting the baby.

    • Muslim_Always
      June 15, 2011

      Which sex abuse you talking about?

    • Truth, Love, Peace
      June 17, 2011

      Today there is a lot of talk of wife abuse, sexual abuse and child abuse unlike former years; abuse of every nature.
      How many women in former years had babies when young and out of wedlock? It used to be called illegitimate children and probably is still the same. Many of them did not complete school. There were many!
      Today it is about the same and worst than in those days.
      It would have to be proven that there was consent or not on the part of the teenager.
      Generally parents handle the situation and do not bother to report the man/boy or go to Court.
      Education is required on all sides, parents, boy and girl, teenagers or and older ones.

  33. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    well in today’s time what i am seeing happening is children making children…children cannot look after children…that’s just plain carelessness my girl. and it’s just not you…there are many young mothers out there who pull the same nonsense…you just didn’t get away with this one. u have to keep an eye on babies every second…not minutes!!!

  34. Sam
    June 15, 2011

    I sympathize with you. But thats what happens when children make children. No sense of responsibility at all.

    • gentle man
      June 15, 2011

      well yah we living in de last days where children makin children………….bt frm my point of view i chekin da is carelessness cuz u cah leave d baby alone n go…….dats children,after a while dey muss wake up in their sleep n when they don’t see u they do what they want and go where they can creep……..u should be held responsible for that……..bt i sympathize with u….soooo sad………father jah guide n protect us wi……….

  35. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    and she was sent home……yes dominica this place is lawless, first a mother stabs her 2 children to death and will be set free soon and now a mother …well may have drowned her child and come up with some hocus pocus story……

    • exactly
      June 15, 2011

      Look at the ongoing US news and follow the Casey Anthony story, but we are allowing murderous mothers free. Sarah Lynn should be in Jail for life, but our system is so warped its frightening. Now, even if this incident of drowning was not intentional it was a case of negligence causing loss of life of an innocent helpless child, that mother needs to be taught a lesson and pay a price for her lack of responsibility to safeguard that child.The authorities keep sending out the wrong message and so more and more rubbish will occur.

    • Sinner under grace
      June 15, 2011

      We think we know and ready to condemn ,but dont forget God knows and see what we ourselves do.

  36. :P Shame
    June 15, 2011

    That is just pure neglegence..Young parents..Accept my sympathy

  37. dhestini
    June 15, 2011

    she shld be charged and then what? is not like any body ever gets prosecuted in this country anyway. this cld happen to anyone. couple yrs ago my mom n i left my baby brother asleep on d grass and next thing we no a cop, of all pple, is bring back the child in d river. he crept over big stones n ended up on d middle of d bridge following my other bros. she is a young girl who made a mistake. the others she was playing with, nt sure if they’re older but somebody shlda kept an eye on d sleeping baby. im just sorry an innocent child had to die because of a mistake by a young mom. RIP

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      June 15, 2011

      Yes its very sad that a infant had to die so tragically. Yes accidents do happen.

      She states that she put her (the baby) to sleep, WHERE. Please dont tell me that you left your 8 month old baby to sleep on the beach/on the hot sand with no supervision/protection.

      The age of the mother (underaged or otherwise) is NOT the main concern, its the neglect of the child that is of concern to me.

  38. eagles125
    June 15, 2011

    THis is negligence. How can that mother leave her baby asleep and unattended by a river and go play rounders? Does she has common sense? I feel sorry that the baby died, but I do not feel sorry for her. She should be charged for manslaughter.

    How can someone who is a mother be so negletful? I know 15 years mothers and they are not that negletful.

    • DA
      June 15, 2011

      because she her self is a baby he needs her childhood now she was tryng to get some

      • miies
        June 15, 2011

        She is not a child. SHe is a mother of 2!

      • aye aye
        June 15, 2011

        that is true but alas not too be too hard on her.that alone is a nightmare for her.

  39. RON
    June 15, 2011

    YEAH, TO THE NEGATIVE DOMINICANS, IF YOU WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT TO TEACH TO TEENAGE MOTHERS HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THERE BABIES, THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPEND, AND I TELL YOU BLAME YOUR GOVERNMENT NOT THE CHILD, WE LIVING IN 2011, BIG UP YOUALL .

    • Faith
      June 15, 2011

      WELL I GUESS IS DE GOVERNMENT THAT OPENING THEIR LEGS FOR THEM TO TAKE MAN TOO…RON U TALKING DAMN NONESENSE…AND YES WE ARE LIVING IN 2011 AND CHILDREN THESE DAYS TO DAMN FAST AND SALUP!!!!

    • Anonym.
      June 15, 2011

      are you an idiot? it’s not the government who has the obligation to teach young mothers how to take care of their children but their own parents. all the government can do or should do is offer some form of assistance like welfare or something. smh at the ignorance of some people. :roll:

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2011

      The government that send her and get chile. She had to keep her tail close to her child and take care of the baby. She was just plain negligent.Well that rounders games was REALLLY important.

      • aye aye
        June 15, 2011

        no damn sence.bull crap.government wat?

    • sam
      June 15, 2011

      RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!! So the Government have to teach people how to take care of their children? Nonesense!!!!!!

    • papa met
      June 15, 2011

      you too dam…………………..

    • Teenager
      June 15, 2011

      are u sAYING THAT IT IS THE GOVERNMENTS FAULT THAT THE YOUNG MOTHER WAS SO CARELESS?I CANT BELIEVE U.I THINK THAT MOTHERS OF THESE CHILDREN SHUD BE MORE RESPONISIBLE ABOUT THIER TEENAGERS. THE LORD SAIS REMEMBER ME IN THE DAYS OF UR YOUTH N ALSO HE SAID TRAIN A CHILD IN A WAY THAT HE WILL BE GOOD IN THE FUTURE… WE TO LIKE TO BLAME THE GOVERNMENT ITS TRU HE HIS IN CHARGE BUT WE SHUD SEEK GOD.OUR NO. PRIORITY.THINK OF WAT U SAYING BIG MN

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      June 15, 2011

      Please dont make me laugh. You want the government to teach teenage mums how to look after their babies. Did the government tell them to have underaged sex.

      Yes we are living in 2011, so you wuld think that in these modern times they would have heard of birth control.

    • Truth, Love, Peace
      June 15, 2011

      Ron,

      How about the men and boys who impregnate them? Where do they fall in? They forsake their duties toward the mothers and children. Cease blaming the women.
      I was fortunate to have married parents who lived up to their parental obligations. As an adult, today, I am reaping the benefits of their nurturing. I thank God for them.
      This gives me no reason to speak ill of this young mother. The weather was sunny and bright and she went out with her friend to enjoy the morning in beautiful, sunny Dominica. This was an outlet for her. Sadly, she left the child “sleeping” as she said, thinking that the child would be safe. She naively made a mistake by leaving the child far away from where she was.
      What happened to cause the child to drown? Only God knows.
      It appears to be a case of neglect but an innocent one. When the Law weighs the matter and her remorse and grief, it is obvious that compassion will be shown. After all, she did not murder her child. I expect this of every Law Enforcement in the world and it does occur.
      I do agree that the government should step in and establish a program to assist parents, especially young ones on how to take care of their children. Something good may come out of this. You can commence by initiating it and contacting your government and relevant department.
      Dominica is in a progressive stage. Everything takes time. Those who have visions which could benefit Dominica and its nationals should put their visions into practice and have patience.
      God bless you!

  40. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    No matter how you look at it, it is negligence. How can you leave your child asleep and unatttended and go to play rounders? This girl is 16 she is not 5, 10 or even 12 years, does not she has common sense? They should charge her for manslaughter.

  41. Too young
    June 15, 2011

    At sixteen, the mind is not mature enough to grasp the complexities of raising a child.

    Although I feel for the mother, I’m amazed that people now are so complacent with not wanting to hold someone accountable for their negligent actions. There is such a thing as being negligent, reckless, and endangering the welfare of a child. Yes. We have to feel her pain, and pray that she heals. However, we must stop putting our head in the sand, and being afraid to hold people accountable.

    I can already see the hot fingers waiting to give the thumbs down. Oh, well. At least I’m not jumping on the band wagon.

    • miies
      June 15, 2011

      How can she not understand the complexities of raising a child when this was her second.

    • Anonymous
      June 16, 2011

      she has 2 damn children not i complexity my tail she jus wutless all now i online where u think i put my 7 mth old in his playpen where he belongnot in de kitchen or de porch!! de man mus nt b givin her enuff money so she get rid ah de angel de wutless salup, is nt she lone yung n make chile! dey need to lock she away frm cack she too damn stupid

  42. Empress
    June 15, 2011

    this is what happens when we have a failed system. this child was underage when she got pregnant yet she ws allowed to have the baby and go home with her. I’m sure she didnt get any advise on how to look after a baby after all she’s still a chuild. I feel sorry for her and sympathize with her. hope in time she will get over it enough to move on with her life. go back to skool and try not to make the same mistake in the past… Much love sweety. I feel for you

    • annonymous
      June 15, 2011

      She got pregnant, went home to have her baby and came back to school. Two monthshe later she dropped out of high school after she was taken back in … She needs to ask herself some questions. I feel sorry for this baby. The mom was just to negligent he and should pay for what she did so that she and other negligent young mothers out there can take a page from her book and learn a good lesson…

    • Muslim_Always
      June 15, 2011

      I disagree, it is not the system’s responsibility to educate her about parenting, it’s her mother’s job to do so. The nurses or other professionals can advise her but the responsibility rests on her family.

  43. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    You said that you put the baby to sleep and went to play rounders……was the baby sleeping by the river? or at your home…if it was by the RIVER…..!!!!!that was pure carelessness..on your part as a mother…and all those around you, as the child was left unattended..

    …may God give you strength in your moment of grief.it’s just sad….

    • Aiai
      June 16, 2011

      Even if the baby was asleep at her home it is still negligence. A child should never be left unattended. My mother never even let us sleep in a different room when we were babies, toddlers or even children. Things can happen in an instant!

      At the same time, children do what they see. How was she treated as child that makes her think it is alright to leave baby alone for so long?

  44. Dimplezz London
    June 15, 2011

    Really sorry to hear about that, but a 8 month old baby you do not leave down by themselves as you need to watch there every move wheter they are sleeping, awake whatever, especially in an open environment like that.

    I do hope God keeps you and the rest of your family strong anyway x

  45. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    This young mother is still a teen, she is only now enjoying her teenage life, it was cut short from her by giving birth to the 2 kids, be sympathic to this situation and thank God that this baby is safe with him

  46. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    as i see it

    The mother should be Arrested for child endangerment, child neglect,that should
    give her a good 7 to 10 years.
    some people say that she is just 16
    she should pay for her sins leaving the child and go play rounders.
    well rounders is still there to play but the
    baby is not.
    she is responssible for the childs death

    as i see it

    • only
      June 15, 2011

      Excellent point and I will say again, only in Dominica

    • Teen
      June 15, 2011

      we are all sinners

    • petty issue
      June 16, 2011

      allu full of sh*t…it shud be u let me see if u wud put urself in jail for 7-10yrs..damn a**

  47. A distant cousin
    June 15, 2011

    A 16 year old with two kids? What abuse!!. Now for her to experience such a trajedy . i am not patronizing but this child really needs help. My god, at sixteen, you have experienced more trouble than many adults will have ever gone through. Now this… losing ur baby carelessly. I am sure u thought u were doing the right thing protecting her from being hit with the ball as you all play. Oh how sad, that you and your other playmates did not think that the child could wake up and creep into the deep water. may God have mercy on you lenia.

  48. Ras
    June 15, 2011

    Instead of judgin the young,instead of talkin about age of consent and allda negativity why dont u pray for her…nobody is perfect and sometimes we make silly mistakes that teachea us valuable lessons…so stop all dat negativity and stick with the positive…sum ppl jus too quick to judge

  49. JustGivingMyTwoCents
    June 15, 2011

    So i sympathise with the mom, but havign said that, she was NEGLIGENT. As such, she should have to pay for that within the law, based on her age. It’s sad…but its also commonsense that leaving a baby unattended espceially by the river/sea…can mean disaster.

    It could happen to anyone and i’d have said the same thing. It’s a mothers duty to protect her young and failure to do so should not go unpunished.

    That’s jsut another reaity of life…

  50. June 15, 2011

    I am 18 years old and i think this is clearly negligence on the mothers part…….. You cant leave a baby unattended: sleeping or not

    This is the clearly the reason why children should not have children….

    I am not saying that she is not a victim here BUT she has to take some of the blame

    You can’t have both parents on a beach and none is looking after the child

    Where was the father while all this was happening?

  51. Alas
    June 15, 2011

    Why people say children having children? You are only an adult when you think like an adult… there is nothing wrong in having a child when 16 IF YOU NO WHAT YOU ARE DOING. a 16 mother with no father is just like a single mother. a 16 mother and father is the same as a struggling family or a wealthy family.

    Some people have to be trained to be parents NOT JUST 16 adult women sometimes don’t know how to be parents they act worst then there younger peers. Everything you do is all in the Mind.

    Everyone is a child…some adults still think like a child…that doesn’t mean they can’t be good parents. When you are 16 you diffinately know what right and wrong is and you should also know what you want in Life by that age also! :-x :-x

    • Muslim_Always
      June 15, 2011

      Many Dominicans who think this woman is still a “child” is just an illiterate fool. They come online and talk rubbish all year long.

  52. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    i would surly jail that woman she should have known better than to put a creeping baby to sleep near a river. poor child may your soul rip!

  53. Jai Massacre
    June 15, 2011

    But why isn’t she saying my baby, she kept on saying ‘the baby’… did anyone else notice?
    but how she 16 and she looking 45 already? :lol:
    RIP baby girl, you are better with the Lord.,

  54. June 15, 2011

    “When ever your friends beard are caught on fire take water and sprinkle yours” this could have happened to an adult as well as it happened to this minor.That’s what we normally call an accident which of course could be avoided but it’s sadly to late.Adults suffocate while eating that’s why it’s not proper to speak while you eat…many kids have been burnt to death in bath tubs this year in England because they simple get in the bath tub and turn the hot water on and get in.kids have been stolen in bed in Europe America and many more places while their parents are asleep in bed.My own cousin daughter put her daughter to sleep then went to cook she went every 10 minuits to take a look at her,the 4 th time she went,the baby rolled behind the bed it was to late;due to lack of oxegen the baby is parallized for life.My own child almost died because the iron bars on the veranda are too wide, he almost passed through and fell from the 7 th storey building where I lived,I was washing his bottles in the kitchen Why is it so easy to criticize others? Never forget what goes around comes around.THINK BEFORE WE SPEAK <GOD HELP HER IN HER SORROW.

  55. Domerican/Possie
    June 15, 2011

    Wow I cannot begin to imagine the pain this girl is experiencing right now. Peace to you my Dominican sister. Take comfort in the fact that your baby is in better hands now. People show some empathy, we are too quick to condemn.

  56. lady
    June 15, 2011

    Stop givin bad comment on the young lady it could be any one of us put u all self in her place

    • June 15, 2011

      if i was in her place i would never live my child a lone by a river sleeping!!!!!

    • lena
      June 15, 2011

      So you leave your 8 month baby all alone by the river???

    • aye aye
      June 15, 2011

      for real.cute baby girl.wow

  57. sick
    June 15, 2011

    Although I understand your point of view putting the child to rest whiles playing with your friends because after all you’re a child as well. But please living the child to rest at a river side! an 8 months old! :twisted: At that stage the child she be creeping ..to be left alone!! I hope the court sends you to jail for six months so you can sit and think. I hope you learn from your mistake.

  58. mother
    June 15, 2011

    Some ppl are to damn harsh…when u have glass windows do not throw stones.this coud happen to any one at any time..when God is ready for his angels not even the closest person to perfect can stop him so all of all u making those stupid comments I wish u never have to go through any kind of loss becuz someone else will probably point a finger at u,,if she caused th childs death let God judge her .. It is not ur duty to do…

  59. Truth
    June 15, 2011

    I understand that she feels sad and sorry and all that. How ever, it seems like every one has forgotten the dead child. Like no one is sorry for the child, we should be the voice of the child, people, what she did is called negligence some thing, that in many other countries is punishable by law!!! I strongly believe that she should still pay for what she did, after all it is still a crime.

  60. 1
    June 15, 2011

    didn’t know teenagers still get pregnant! thought this was a thing of the past?

    • really
      June 15, 2011

      Go to the maternity ward, you will get a shock. 21 year old with several kids already, neither mother nor father working, father was in jail. Another teenager on 2nd baby. Just go have a chat with the nurses there, then you may have a better understanding of why society is in the poor shape it is.

  61. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    so you mean to tell me you were so into the rounders that you were not monitoring your child? I mean she had time wake up and creep into the river and you did not see that? CARELESS!

  62. Forever true
    June 15, 2011

    This is just carelessness. i no a mistsake can happen.I am sure that she was not playing rounders alone the others with her shood have advised her that u cannot leave a child unattended in an area like dat shame on u all.I t is so sad when young lives r lost so suddenly.

  63. June 15, 2011

    It is always sad when a mother has to witness the death of her child..

    • weh
      June 15, 2011

      She DID NOT witness the death… she SAW the dead body floating… *READ PROPERLY*

      • lena
        June 15, 2011

        You don’t think seeing that is just as traumatic!!!!!

  64. Muslim_Always
    June 15, 2011

    Mummy I really empathize with you. My son is the same age as your daughter and trust me I’d not leave him unsupervised for 1 second. The good about this situation is she is going straight to heaven, no doubt about that, a pure innocent child without a stain of sin.

    I hope you learn many wisdoms and valuable lessons regarding children and taking care of them. Where is the father? It’s like our men take a back seat in everything. Isn’t it his daughter too?

    Girlfriend, before you do anything you must at least assign a mature person to cast an eye on the child.

    • war
      June 15, 2011

      u should ask a question be4 talk where is the father the father was not there

  65. Charmin
    June 15, 2011

    Alasss :( Cry all you want. let it all out, its better than holding it in

  66. Truth, Love, Peace
    June 15, 2011

    Hers is a sad story, losing her baby in such a manner. She has realized her mistake, too late, leaving her baby alone, out of her sight, to play.
    She is grieving and will be for a very long time.
    Please state nothing derogatory and uncomplimentary about her. She does not need your criticism and reprimand. She is also not asking you for it. Allow her to grieve and have compassion.
    What is done is done and cannot be undone. Nothing can bring the baby back.
    Pray for this young teenager. She needs the genuine prayers of everyone.
    It is said that time heals the pain but memories will always remain.
    Young lady, God is love, compassionate and forgiving.
    The advice I can give you is to practice the faith and pray to God to assist you at such a time. He is the Comforter, the Consoler, the Healer.
    You will also need the love, compassion and full support of your family and also friends. May they be helpful to you under the circumstances.
    You are young. You have a bright future ahead of you. Look to the future, complete your schooling and keep fruitfully busy.
    My heartfelt sympathy to you and to your family. My prayers are with all of you.
    Console yourself that your baby, an angel, is in the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On that day, some years from now, as God ordained, you will both be united. Oh Happy Day then!
    God bless you!

    • June 15, 2011

      the only thing i can thinks of is the devil took her senses at the moment cuz this is really insane! not by a river nah!! an active baby going all over the place!

  67. i've heard
    June 15, 2011

    This is really sad…but some of us have kids and we live our kids and turn our backs also…even for a few mins when the kid is sleeping on our beds..it can happen to anyone,no one is perfect,insteaad of condemning at this time its best we just rally around the young mothers of our island and just help them,and i really hope some of the young women take this as an example and realize how much responsibility a kid can bring at an early age!!

  68. June 15, 2011

    why live the baby and go so far? until you could not cast an eye this is ridiculous!!!! someone should have stayed with her is this the way she had to die? is not my baby but aam really sad! :cry:

  69. Innocent
    June 15, 2011

    Poor children. The childbearer and the innocent Angel who passed. Kids are not prepared to raise kids bottom line. As much as we want to say the child was careless and should not have left the baby, the fact is that she still remains A CHILD. There are some of us parents who still leave our babies on a bed and turn around for even two minutes, that is careless as well. We do not condemn these people but still, it’s carelessness none the less. The child was not mature enough, nor ready to raise a child.

    • Muslim_Always
      June 15, 2011

      That woman is not a kid

      • Truth, Love, Peace
        June 15, 2011

        @ Muslim_Always

        You are correct! She is not a kid. :lol: She is a child, a young girl, a teenager.
        Having stated this I smiled as I recall some time ago I was at a grocery store. Parents take their children to those stores. Some of them are disobedient and stubborn and they can create a mess in the store too, i.e., throwing grocery items down as they go from isle to isle touching what they can put their hands on. Some of them create a tan drum in the store and rolling on the floor as they are crying because their parents will not let them have certain items, as also candies.
        If I happen to see them touching the items I do tell them to put them back and go to their parents.
        There are also child abductors who prowl around looking for children. I remind the parents about that. The parents do appreciate being reminded.
        We must not be blind. We are the world and if we are able to help, we should. We are the customers who pay exorbitant prices for those items. Broken, lost and stolen items cost the grocery owners money which they eventually pass on to us, the customers.
        I do inform the child (children) to put back the items and do not touch them.
        Parents’ backs are turned and children are swift. In the wink of an eye they could disappear from their presence as the parents are concentrating on shopping.
        I have seen a few young children, toddlers with a sort of leash as the parent(s)hold on to it, as if they are a dog. This makes me laugh. :lol: The reason for this is to keep them from running away.
        During a relevant conversation with a man who was also at the store, for some reason the name “kid” came up. Some people will say: “Those kids!” I told him, do you know the meaning of “kid?” He replied: “A young/small goat.” I said to him, you said it. Then why are we calling children kids?
        Call them a child, a young child, a teenager, he or she. This is exactly what they are.
        A child is not a kid! The word “kid” originated from people who reside in big countries. We should not copycat them in this respect.
        All the same have some compassion on this young teenager. Let us not judge her. Allow God to be God. We are not God. Allow Him to do the judging.
        Our God looks down with pity on those who falter and fall. He is patient with us. He does not criticize us. He does not reprimand us. He does not swear at us or use profane language at us as some are ungodly doing on this Website. He only disciplines us.
        When things happen to us, He inspires us in this manner to open our eyes to do better for our own good. He wants what is best for us.
        We are to practice likewise to our fellow people. Those who are especially practicing Christians should know this. Whatever we do and say is written in either the Book of Life or Book of Damnation.
        If only everyone would know this and keep it in mind and practice love for all, what a wonderful, happy, loving, peaceful and unified world of people it would. I certainly wish for this.
        Have a great day!

      • sane
        June 15, 2011

        For your information a 16 yr old is a kid

      • HMMM
        June 15, 2011

        she is 16years..she is a kid!!!

      • sad
        June 15, 2011

        But isn’t she a kid metaphorically speaking. This is a stupid mistake you know. A goat of a mistake. I feel for her though. Not all our ‘kid’ mistakes end up in tragedy like this.

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2011

      God allow things to happen for a reason and is to have a little more common sense and give things priority in life and stop taking every thing for granted time to pull up our socks and be serious, too much playing. even a child should be able to think wisely her priority was to stay with her child and forget about playing and having fun. Even a mother hen takes care of her little one.

  70. Greene
    June 15, 2011

    Please no negative comments on this story; the mother is 16 and still a child herself. Let’s for once give words of sympathy and encouragement to be strong

    • lena
      June 15, 2011

      That’s is crap. She is not a child! She is a mother of two! Her actions caused the death of her child! PERIOD! Yes, I feel sorry for her. Of course she didn’t intend for that to happen but that doesn’t make her any less guilty. She should be charged!

      • Greene
        June 15, 2011

        And what would it prove? At 16 being the mother of 2, what does that tell you about her emotional and educational health, her maturity? Lena, we all have family, relatives and friends, remember life happens and tragedy is a part of it.

      • young mother
        June 15, 2011

        so true i mean cum on dats jus pure careless ness i have a 7 month old baby n wouldnt want to leave her for a sec i mean u pt her to sleep to go play didnt u think that she gonna need someone to look after her i mean this is pure shit and den again ur nt a child ur a mother u gave up ur rights as a child to raised and give birth to a child so u should endulged dat…..

    • Truth, Love, Peace
      June 15, 2011

      @ Greene

      Whether metaphorically speaking or not, she is not a kid! A kid is a small goat. She is human being. Call a spade a spade. People must cease calling young children kids. What would they call a grown-up/adult, a she-he, male and female goat? :lol: Keep in mind God does not refer to his young children as kids.
      She is a young girl, a teenager, only 16 years of age. She really should be in school. It may be that she dropped out of school and because she was pregnant with her first child.
      In Canada and probably in Europe and in the U.S. the children who are pregnant could still go to school if they so wish. After having the baby, they can return to school. Day care is provided for them. In time, I hope the government of Dominica will consider this.
      I visualize a good and progressive vision for Dominica. As I have said, everything takes time with patience.

  71. only
    June 15, 2011

    Only in Dominica

    • Alas
      June 15, 2011

      Where You Hear Dat?….Only In Dominica rare things Like Dat Happen… Tell Me When Last you Hear a baby Drown in River Besides Now?

      • only
        June 15, 2011

        Uhhh no, that people are not held accountable for their negligence and their inconsiderations. Child or not (16 years or not) she is responsible for the child and the welfare of the child.
        Let’s assume for the sake of argument that this was not her child and she was a baby sitter. What then? Tragic accident or negligence?

      • Alas
        June 23, 2011

        Is Not only in Dominica that does happen dats what i’m trying to say… Chose your words wisely…

    • young mother
      June 15, 2011

      oh please wat u trying to say dominica bad stupesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. anything happens in life .

    • sad
      June 15, 2011

      No way. There are foolish persons like you all over the world. Don’t kid yourself! You have plenty company!

  72. \D
    June 15, 2011

    wtf…you kidding!

  73. Peeping Tom
    June 15, 2011

    “I put her to sleep and went to play rounders. When I came back, I didn’t see the baby and we thought that the baby’s father had picked her up. But someone said that the water looked deep and that the child could have crept to it.”

    The child is better off with the Lord.

    Frankly, i hope you are tried for negligence. We do not seem to be doing this in Dominica, holding parents responsible for their sins against their children.

    BTW, how is it that you are 16 and with child? There is something in the books called “statutory rape.” The police should also look into your pregnancy, if they have not yet done so.

    I can imagine your suffering but I have absolutely no sympathy for you.

    • shocked
      June 15, 2011

      acually she had two kids

    • Alas
      June 15, 2011

      Not Necessarily, the age of Consent in Dominica is 16 yrs.But you are right that is child neglect

  74. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    so sad

  75. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    ouch sooo sad .. i hate 2 c children die but how would any loving mom leave their baby 2 play rounders? again young mothers… i believe dat they should train young moms 2 care 4 their children

  76. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    Children having children. This is very unfortunate but surely could have been avoided. I am sorry for your loss.

  77. how sad
    June 15, 2011

    thats very careless of you…neways accept my sympathy….thats a real tragic way for a child so young to die

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