Baby Ammon dies on Christmas Day

The Attorney General’s Office has said Baby Ammon’s death brought the State’s wardship to an end.

The infant’s body will automatically be turned over to the parents.

Baby Ammon, who was taken from his parents’ custody three weeks ago and made a ward of the State, died around 11 p.m. on Christmas Day at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

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The Ammons are now free to go ahead with funeral arrangements.

On Wednesday, a representative of The Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses confirmed the baby’s death on Sunday.

Cause of death was not disclosed.

Up to the time of the infant’s death on Sunday, he remained a ward of the State and had not been returned to the custody of his parents since head of the Neonatal Unit at the POSGH, Dr Petronella Manning-Alleyne sought legal help to allow her to treat the infant.

Joanne Ammon gave birth to twins on November 25 but they were suffering from a low blood count.

One of the babies died of shock, and the other infant developed complications on December 3, prompting doctors to recommend an urgent blood transfusion.

However, the parents objected to the blood transfusion on the basis that it was against their religious beliefs.

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Trinidad Express, Trinidad and Tobego
Dec. 30, 2005
Anna-Lisa Paul
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