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UPDATE: No date yet set for VG baby autopsy

- Still no word to grieving parents from day care
Jakewon C. O. Pompey, whose sudden death has given rise to much speculation. Photo: provided
Orvan C. Moses, the mother of eleven month old Jakewon C. O. Pompey, shows reporters a photo of their child. At left is Clavis H. Pompey. The grieving parents say the want answers from the relevant authorities on what really occurred on that tragic day. Photo: VINO
Orvan C. Moses, the mother of eleven month old Jakewon C. O. Pompey, shows reporters a photo of their child. At left is Clavis H. Pompey. The grieving parents say the want answers from the relevant authorities on what really occurred on that tragic day. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - There is no question that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is continuing investigations into the recent sudden death of an eleven month old baby while he was in the care of the Cornerstone Day Care in Virgin Gorda.

But the parents are still at awe that no one from the school's management or the pastor of the church, which houses the school, has visited them. "My child died on the 16th, today is the 22nd and no one come to tell us nothing" said Orvan C. Moses, the mother of the deceased baby Jakewon C. Pompey. 

While no one from the school visited the grieving family, they did confirm being visited by two police detectives from the RVIPF on January 22, 2013. "They asked me the same thing we tell you and they said that they were going to the school next." Asked if she could say whether the detectives were successful in making contact with the school, Ms Moses replied, "Well I would want to think so because at the time they left here school would have still been going on."

According to reliable sources within the Virgin Islands Police Force, investigators are not leaving any stones unturned in conducting their investigations, which started immediately following the report of the child's death on January 16, 2013.

The source said police investigators are at the stage of awaiting the postmortem for which the date is not yet known.

"I tell them I want to be there when they doing the post mortem and the police advised me that it is usually done early in the morning so I'll be there from early, but they don't know yet when that going to be," said Ms Moses. 

While this news agency was unable to reach the child's father by phone yesterday January 16,2013, Moses said that the RVIPF was interested in speaking with him. "I don't know if they got him by phone or what because he wasn't home," said Moses.

She stressed that the death of her baby has taken a hard toll on his siblings, who have been calling frequently for progress reports and are also very hurt by the fact that the school's management hasn't visited the family since the incident. 

Again, several calls to the schools management went un-answered. 

Virgin Islands News Online's RVIPF source close to the investigation said while the pieces of information gathered so far are being put together, the autopsy findings will be a major part of the puzzle.

RVIPF's Information Officer Diane Drayton, when contacted for a comment, only said "the matter is now in the hands of the Coroner's Office".

See previous story posted on January 21, 2013

'We need answers'- Parents of the late Jakewon Pompey

"My baby was a very hyper baby, even before he left home that morning he was running and very active, a sick baby don't be like that, he was my sixth baby, so I know my baby wasn't sick. We need answers." That was the expression of Orvan C. Moses, the mother of eleven month old Jakewon C O Pompey whose death has struck his parents as being mysterious. 

Revisiting their routine of the morning of Wednesday January 16, 2013, the day that their baby boy died, his father Clavis H. Pompey struggling to hold back tears, said that he had taken his son to the day care that morning. He said that before leaving home his son had his morning feed, they went into the yard and watch the fowls as they usually did almost every morning.

"I took him to the school and I put him down, he went inside I went inside and when he go into the room with the teacher he started to cry and I told him every thing was going to be alright, and I signed and I left."

Pompey said that at approximately 10 A.M. he received a call from the mother of his child Orvan C. Moses indicating that something was wrong with Jakewon. "She said that the teacher called and said that Jakewon wasn't breathing, I said what you mean Jakewon not breathing and she said that was she said and she hung up the phone."

The distraught man had another call shortly after to say that his child was dead. "She call me back and said oh they said the child dead. I said how you mean the child dead! She hang up the phone and she call me back and said the child dead and she started crying," said the father who had celebrated his birthday the day before the tragedy.

He said with that news he reported to his boss at North Sound and rushed down to the Virgin Gorda clinic where he said he confirmed that his only child was really dead. "All I could have done was cry, I been crying since that day till now I crying and no body from the school come to say nothing to we, my first and only child gone and nobody telling we nothing," said Pompey.

Both parents of the child confirmed that their baby was suffering from a common cold that day. "He had a cold yes but it wasn't nothing that bad, we would rub he up and thing but he was jolly happy and hyper he didn't sick or nothing so just the little cold," insisted his mother Orvan Moses.

"A child that's sick don't sleep whole night, they does be tossing and turning but he sleep with us whole night just like normal," said his mother.

She confirmed that the day prior, she had received a call from the school indicating that the baby was not well. She said that she left work a bit earlier to collect him but in her assessment it was nothing serious. 

According to Ms Moses, they had the baby sleep in the master bed to observe him but all went well as he slept comfortably that night.

Both parents said that they were told by the police that the death is still under investigations following which a post mortem will be conducted. "So many things could have gone wrong but we weren't there and we don't want to blame any body, but they got to come and tell us something, that was our baby we here and don't know what to do," said the child's father.

Still every effort to get a comment from the school authority has failed.

See previous story posted on January 19, 2013

Days after the mysterious death of an eleven month old boy while in the hands of a day care facility at Virgin Gorda, the grieving parents are still awaiting some word from its management.

Virgin Islands News Online on January 19, 2013 spoke to the parents of Jakewon C O Pompey, whose sudden death has given rise to much speculation. His parents; Mother  Orvan C. Moses, a Grenadian, and Father Clavis H. Pompey, St. Vincentian, were both in tears as they recalled the day they lost their child. Jakewon was the first and only child for Mr Pompey and the 6th for Moses.

According to both parents, since the Wednesday (January 16, 2013) when their child died, they have not had a visit nor heard anything from the management of the Cornerstone Day Care. "We can't come close to closure right now, we are clueless as to what's going on because till now no one hast come to tell us anything, and this is not fair," said Mr Pompey. 

The man also related to Virgin Islands News Online that when he first visited his son at the Iris O’ Neal Clinic in Virgin Gorda shortly after his death, he allegedly recalled seeing the child's left eye being “black and blue” and food “coming out of his mouth and on his face”. 

Efforts to contact the Day Care's management proved futile. 

Police in a press release on Wednesday January, 16, 2013 said it was investigating the sudden death of an 11-month-old male infant in Virgin Gorda.

“The deceased, Jakewon Pompey, was taken to the Iris O’Neal Clinic by teachers of a childcare centre on Virgin Gorda after he appeared to be having difficulty breathing. Efforts to resuscitate the child at the clinic were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 9:50 A.M. The Coroner was informed and a post-mortem is to be scheduled,” the release stated.

35 Responses to “UPDATE: No date yet set for VG baby autopsy ”

  • cv (20/01/2013, 03:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so sad
  • billyb (20/01/2013, 07:39) Like (6) Dislike (46) Reply
    Get used to it orvan, nothing in tortola is fair. Don't expect any heartfelt sympathy either because as a tolian myself, i must admit we have become a heartless community. And guess what, we stilll gonna kick up when you sue their pants off. Watch and see.
    • .. (20/01/2013, 09:10) Like (7) Dislike (94) Reply
      I don't see "Tortola" mentioned anywhere in that article....
    • Sakie (20/01/2013, 11:22) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Billyb.. What a heartless and ignorant comment!
    • vi (20/01/2013, 19:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      @billyb u so stupid bout Tortola ............ ayo need to stop bite the hand that feeding ayo............ sick of ppl calling down my country, the child lost his lil life we aint got no time for foolishness, RIP lil one my God comfort this family in this time of sadness
    • To Billyb (21/01/2013, 09:32) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      You're the devil himself!!!I pray that you find closure in Jesus name to the family of this little boy!!
  • cant believe (20/01/2013, 07:56) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply

    The school needs to reach out to the parents of the deceased child and right away. They have waited too long already. They should be in daily contact with these parents

  • wize-up (20/01/2013, 08:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    fight your case; call on the police to look into the matter(might not be much help)....
  • qc (20/01/2013, 09:59) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    My deep condolences.
  • vick (20/01/2013, 12:05) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    if he lacked oxygen his eyes and face area would be black and blue, das normal. condolences to the family and hope they find closure.
  • JACK BE STILL (20/01/2013, 12:09) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    such a handsome little boy RIP
  • concern (20/01/2013, 15:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was really handsome. May the family find sweet consolation in the Lord.Rest in peace Jakewon
  • long road (20/01/2013, 19:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such a sweet looking baby, I could only image as a mother the pain of the parents…may god bless his little soul
  • . (20/01/2013, 21:54) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    I hope the parents and community do not settle for "sweet consolation inthe Lord." This thing needs to be investigated and cause found for this unnatural death. Clearly there has been criminal negligence at the best and abuse, assault or murder at the worst case.
    • True (21/01/2013, 09:28) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      no wonder you didn't put a name.... my son goes to the preschool where this happened. The little boy was sick the day before the teacher told the parents to take him to the clinic as he hadn't eaten all day, they chose not to. The parent dropped off their son again and were informed by the teacher he should be taken to the clinic only to be told" i got to go to work" so before everyone starts blaming the school for such a terrible thing they should learn all the facts. The school is probably silent waiting for all the information to come out from the authorities. Perhaps"." should of waited to.
      • Rules! (21/01/2013, 10:51) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        in that case it should have been documented and a report whether verbally or by email/letter should have been sent to Social Welfare well the police should have been alerted.......then arrangements should be made to have the cild taken to the clinic immediately...charges for this could have been forwarded to the parents to pay immediately......come on ppl....its n innocent child's should never pay around with that.....
        thats why running a daycare should be scrutinized properly by the local authorities and proper documentations of proceudres, enrollment sickness etc should should be on a legal binding document....its to protect the school and of course the child and his/her parents........ I'm just saying but as a father myself its quite sad. i dont really know how i would deal with something like this...
      • Wel Sa! (23/01/2013, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        To True.......I heard the same thing myself.....most Day care if not all tells you if your child is sick take them to a Doctor and stay home with them until they are well
  • To vick (21/01/2013, 09:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok I understand that part but if food is hanging out of his mouth couldn't he have choked on his food?? Jus curious?
    • none (22/01/2013, 21:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ To Vick could it be the cold had the child's airway passage blocked hence the food coming up problem? I think the parents were very careless in not paying attention to the cold. A simple cold can be very dangerous even to an adult when it comes to breathing. Mucus build up can kill.
      • . (24/01/2013, 20:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You have GOT to be kidding. A cold can be dangerous? I tell you what is dangerous. People full of unfounded theories being trusted to care for young children who can't speak up for themselves.

        If the child choked on his food, then he was fed inappropriately. Do these daycare workers have any training in what foods are not appropriate to feed a child under the age of two years? They best obtain that knowledge rather than enforcing nonsense about colds and keeping babies heads covered and smacking them for crying and being "rude."

        Every child between the ages of 6 months (when the maternal antibodies they were born with wear off) and 7 years will get frequent "colds" (viruses) as they are exposed to viruses new to them and build up their own antibodies. This is normal, especially for a child in a large group setting. Anybody who tries to tell you that it's because their skin get wet or they went out at night without a hat is talking nonsense and stuporstition.

        Children do NOT die from a cold. Nor do they die of SIDS when they are wide awake and feeding. Perhaps the child was put down with a bottle that had cereal mixed in with the milk, a common practice. This is also a well-known choking hazard. A child care professional should know better.
  • Anne (21/01/2013, 10:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please google SIDS, Sudden Infant Death or Cot Death before pointing fingers and causing more pain. One baby dies a week in the Uk from this condition, to this day nobody knows or understands what causes it. Its most common in baby boys under one year old.

    This is a very tragic time for the parents and my heart goes out to them.
  • vince (21/01/2013, 13:15) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sick kids are being sent to school everyday, big and small becuase many parents are not allowed to take the time off from work to deal with them. from what i hearing this is what happened here, the child drop off sick. of course the parents will say they drop him there good. would they say "i drop my child off sick like a dog"?? never. and for the child crying to go to the teacher for godsake, its an 11month old. most kids that age cry when they have to leave their parents to go daycare or whatever. people here just love commess. its a lesson you dont play when kids sick especially witht he kind of flu going around. lets wait to see what the investigation says.
  • good (21/01/2013, 13:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope these parents got a good attorney
  • billyb (21/01/2013, 14:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ true, if your statement is true, my next question to you is, when are we going to learn sense. Isn't common sense common anymore?????? Geeeeezzzzzz!!!!! You mean I running a daycare and a parent sending a sick baby to me and I don't have the sense to send them back home til they deal with the issue or have dem sign a "no liability" form to clear myself from any liability???? What kinda boot-leg day-care is this???

    And to all the folks that are criticizing me, it is clear you can't read and/or comprehend.

    @ vi, the hand that is feeding us is the same hand that screwing us. As a Tolian, I am sick of leaders making foolish decisions for me and ruining the lives of the next generation as a result. So you keep offff au me.
    • vick (21/01/2013, 16:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      billy @$$ what this have to do with leadership? a child died at the daycare and its being investigated. did you just lose your wife/girlfriend? wtf is wrong with you dude?

    • vi (22/01/2013, 14:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @billyb what the French door is wrong with you smh!! the article is about a child that meet a untimely death this is not about your foolishness get with it now man.

      Vick you said it best what a @$$!
  • . (21/01/2013, 20:01) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    This "school" advocates physical "discipline" of children of all ages. I know this not from gossip, but from the mouth of the "teachers." It is a stated part of their "Christian" philosophy. Now you have an 11 month old, possibly with a small cold, probably a little fussy because of this minor illness turning up dead with a blackened left eye and evidence of food on his face. Someone might have been a little over-worked and impatient with a fussy baby at feeding time.

    Are there staff dedicated to the infants, or is it the same "teachers" having to deal with mobile and busy toddlers and older children that are expected to provide for the care of infants? Are the proper staff ratios in place (1/3 for children aged 1 year or younger) or do they get away with less care for the quiet and less mobile infants?
  • kinda (22/01/2013, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aunty be strong, God will provide d answer. condolences to the rest of the family.
  • Fed Up (22/01/2013, 21:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's a shame that any thing that happens in the BVI always strays from the point (tortolian, leadership, hand who feed you, who from here etc) all have nothing to do with a child dying at a daycare. You all people so sad. Everybody want to be judge and jury and all who talking were not there. Father want to be doctor, people saying sue well sah. What else in this place meh son.

    Condolences to the family if h baby. God has just taken an angel home e encouraged.
  • Teacher (22/01/2013, 21:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My heart goes out the the family may God comfort you at this time. We may all come to our own conclusion as to what happened on that dreadful morning, but until a full investigation is done let us not jump to conclusion. Let us instead comfort the family in any way we could.

    To my fellow teachers, let us use this as a wake call and do all what is possible to safe guard ourselves always. Often times we bend our rules not because we want to but because we do care for the children and most times because we understand how difficult it is for some parents to get someone to care for the child when he/she is sick and have to stay home from school and no one is home to care for the child. Yes we do it out of love for the students but we are putting ourselves at risk. This could have been or could not have been the case with the present situation. If this was the case who is now under serious pressure? The teachers and management of the school.

    With all that said i now offer some advice:
    1 when the students are brought to school sick, send them home
    2 when you are told that the child had a slight fever last night but he is ok now send them home
    once sick with cold, flu, fever that child should be kept home at least three days to ensure that he/she
    has fully recovered.
    3 On arrival at School inspect the child and point out any findings to the parent before he/she leave and
    document your findings and parent response.
    4 when it come to administering medication, only administer prescribed medication
    5 keep watch of the kids in your care at all times.

    The list can go on and on and i know it is a heavy task placed on us as educators, but the point is we just have to be careful and watchful with the children entrusted in our care. Please teachers use this as a wake up call and follow the right procedures for safety of all.

  • jo jo (23/01/2013, 14:01) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is really sad for both of the parents to know such a thing could happen at a school. Now i guess no one would want to bring there child there now. I hope and pray they get answers and stay strong.
  • face (23/01/2013, 16:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    no mother should have to face this NONE
  • VH (24/01/2013, 13:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To the grieving Parents

    The Hardest Thing

    Losing a baby is the hardest thing
    That parents will ever bear.
    That sense of loss and longing,
    Will always linger there.

    They dream of things that might have been,
    and happy days they would have shared.
    They wish they could turn back the hands of time
    To tell their child again how deeply they cared.

    Time will eventually dim some of the pain
    But they'll never forget that child's face or name.
    He'll live on in their memories for sure,
    And their love for him will be constant and pure.
  • Proud Parent (28/01/2013, 19:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a Parent of that school and i am proud to take my children there, and to let the public know that school takes the life of every single child there very serious they also have a very close bond to every student and do there best to help every parent and child at that same school and that's the honest truth.
  • rewrsdffds (02/09/2014, 12:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry for yourlost

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