Deisha Baxam remains in shock following the violent death of her two-year-old daughter, Soriah, and the arrest of her daughter’s father, a soldier.
Baxam posted a photo of her daughter on her Facebook page on Wednesday with the words: “I’m speechless…words can’t explain how I feel right now. Know u are in a better place baby u will always be my Sori. Mommy will miss the moments we had every morning waking before I go to work putting on my make-up and asking me if it’s pretty, and always want me bring back an apple for you. God knows best I love you. RIP”
The baby’s father pulled the gun and fired on Soriah’s uncle, Gregory Harracksingh, who was holding her. Soriah was shot in the abdomen. Harracksingh, who is said to be 65 years, a former employee of the Office of the Prime Minister, was shot in his right arm. Deisha and her mother Ingrid, were unharmed.
Police said that around 5 pm on Tuesday, Deisha was at home at Paul Street, Sangre Grande, with her family when a dispute erupted with the soldier who pulled out a pistol and opened fire. He then jumped into his car and sped off. Both the child and her uncle were taken to the Sangre Grande Hospital where Soriah was pronounced dead on arrival. The male relative was treated and warded.
An autopsy will be performed on Thursday.
The soldier, 32, was arrested on the Eastern Main Road, Valencia. A pistol loaded with 14 rounds and 30 additional rounds were found and seized by police. Officers later went to the soldier’s Vega de Oropouche home where they found and seized a quantity of ammunition.
Defence Force public information officer, Flight Lt Monique Sprott, confirmed that a soldier was in police custody and that the Defence Force was working closely with police investigators.