Mystery marks on Kelonís body
By Nalinee Seelal Thursday, August 9 2012
The mother of the two-year-old boy who survived a fall, from a hillside house, down a flight of steps to land 50 feet below on Piccadilly Street, Port-of-Spain, is expressing concern over what appears to be belt marks and bruises on her sonís body.
Nikita Rodriguez who has been at her sonís bedside at the childrenís hospital of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, since Monday night said yesterday she became alarmed after seeing belt marks on her sonís buttocks and bruises about the body not consistent with the fall.
Her son Kelon reportedly slipped on moss while walking in the yard of his relativeís hillside home and fell down 26 steps that lead from the house to Piccadilly Street.
After falling 50 feet, the boy miraculously survived the mishap and was listed yesterday in serious but stable condition at the childrenís hospital.
He underwent several tests yesterday and has been diagnosed as having problems with his digestive tract and is also collecting fluid around his liver.
Nikita said her son is not sleeping properly and has been crying out in pain since the fall. However, she is extremely concerned about the circumstances which led to her sonís fall on Monday night.
Nikita said she has been receiving information from several sources that the circumstances leading to her sonís fall were not exactly what was related to the police and based on her own investigations she doubts it was an accident.
ďI am now in doubt that my child slipped and fell and I will be making contact with the Besson Street police to ask them to investigate this matter further in the interest of bringing closure to the matter.Ē
She pointed out that even doctors have told her the blue and black marks on her sonís body are not consistent with the fall. ďI am very distressed because I never thought that my son could be exposed to such danger and if the information turns out to be true then I am demanding justice,Ē she said.
Also yesterday two callers to Newsday, who identified themselves as residents of Piccadilly Street, painted a different picture of how little Kelon fell and also called on the police to probe the matter further.
The police were told on Monday night that the boy who was staying at the home of a cousin, Anika Rodriguez, was walking in the yard when he went in search of a toy and slipped and fell.
The boy was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital then transferred to the childrenís hospital where he continues to receive treatment.
Police officers probing the fall said yesterday they too received conflicting reports about how the boy suffered the injuries and conduct several interviews today as part of the probe.
Officers added while they initially treated the fall of the boy as an accident, they are now pursuing the investigations along certain lines.