3-Yr-Old forced to sleep at station while mother goes MIA; CCPA launches probe


By Leroy Smith

The Child Care and Protection Agency has launched an immediate probe into the circumstances surrounding a child being left to sleep at the Brickdam Police station on Sunday Night.

In a conversation with Director of the Agency Ann Greene, she said that her officers would be collecting the child from the police station and taking her into their care. The child’s name was given as Ashmalie Cordis of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.

Director of CCPA- Ann Greene

It was also understood that the grandmother of the child who saw her photograph on social media called the police with the hope of having the child released into her custody but that was denied as the Child Care Agency had already intervened.

The Grandmother was however asked to visit the CCPA Head Office on Tuesday to speak with officials there and to prove that she has a fit and proper place for which she can care for the child.

On Sunday, the 3- year- old went with her mother and other relatives to play Phagwah in Alexander Village but was found wandering later that night in the same village while her mother and other relatives were already at home or somewhere else.

There is no record of a report being made to the police by the mother or any other relatives that they were having difficulty locating the child.

Additionally, the News Room has been informed that the child is a French National and it was only recently that her documents came through for her to reside in Guyana with her Guyanese relatives. Several family members are also said to be from French Guiana and recently moved to Guyana. It is unclear if the mother is one of those persons.

The child was clad in skimpy clothing and that among other things became the focus of those who saw her image circulating on social media, after it was released by the News Room’s Senior Crime and Security Journalist Leroy Smith.

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