(PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad) — A baby girl is recovering in a hospital on the Caribbean island of Trinidad after police say her father bit off chunks of flesh from her face and leg when he couldn’t find food in the family’s home.
Jermour Noel, 24, the child’s father, has been charged with wounding with intent against a child. Noel appeared in court on Wednesday in connection with the charge, but had to be whisked away earlier than usual because other prisoners being held in the court’s holding bay threatened to end Noel’s life, officials said.
“We couldn’t keep him in the cells. Those prisoners in there would kill him if they only got their hands on him,” one Court and Process officer told the Trinidad Express newspaper.
According to police sources, Noel arrived at his Port of Spain home on Sunday and went in search of food. When he couldn’t find anything to eat, Noel reportedly got into a dispute with the child’s mother, Tineka Henry, and that’s when police say he went into a fit of rage, grabbing the 5-day-old child and allegedly biting into her cheek and leg.
The child was then rushed to a local hospital, where she underwent surgery and remains warded in stable condition as she continues to recover from the attack.
Meanwhile, Noel was not granted bail and was taken to a psychiatric hospital where he will undergo a mental evaluation. He is due back in court later this month.
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