Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to Linden’s mother’s District 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) hospital and her two children, who have been admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex after eating a poisonous substance.
Reports are that the 24-year-old mother allegedly fed the substance to her eight-year-old daughter and six-month-old son before eating it herself. The incident is reported to have occurred at approximately 10:00h in Wisroc, Linden, and they were later rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).
Although information remains sketchy, Divisional Superintendent Hugh Winter has confirmed the incident and noted that ranks have visited the hospital. Investigations are ongoing.
In April 2018, Hofoswana Awena Rutherford, 25, who was convicted of killing her two children by poisoning them with carbon tablets, was sentenced by Justice Navindra Singh to 98 years’ imprisonment on two counts of manslaughter.
On the first count, the killing of four-year-old Hodascia Cadogan, Rutherford, was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment; while on the second count, killing one-year-old Jabari Cadogan, he was ordered to serve 53 years jail time.
Rutherford collapsed on the floor when the 12-member jury unanimously found him guilty on both counts on March 15, 2018. The jury believed State evidence that the mother had given half a tablet of aluminum phosphide (rat poison) all of her children. ) on March 27, 2014 at Supply Branch Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara. (G13)