A 24-year-old Trinidadian man was in such a rage after finding out there was no food in the house, he turned against his five-day-old baby, Jinayah, chewing off her cheek and part of her leg.
According to Trinidad & Tobago Newsday,the man arrived home at 2 a.m. the morning of the attack, complaining to Tineka Henry, the baby's mother, that he was very hungry. He demanded food and Henry told him to check the kitchen downstairs; after he did so, the man returned to the bedroom in a rage as there was no food to be found. He started to push Henry, who protectively clutched her baby. Then, without warning, he grabbed tiny Jinayah and took a large bite from her left cheek. As the baby screamed and flesh fell from his teeth, the man then bit deeply into her right leg.
Jinayah and her mother's screams woke her aunt, Marcia Guy, who rushed upstairs to see Jinayah's gum and jaw exposed where the cheek was bitten off. Guy grabbed little Jinayah and ran out of the house with the baby's father chasing after her. She managed to jump into a car and the driver took her to Port-of-Spain General Hospital. The doctors and nurses at the hospital recoiled in horror upon seeing Jinayah's face, says Guy. They quickly stabilized the baby and transferred her to the nearby pediatric hospital. If Jinayah survives, she will require plastic surgery, say her doctors.
Officers arrived quickly at Jinayah's parents' apartment, and her father was arrested, reports On the Ground News.
“What manner of man would do this to another human being, let alone a child and his own child at that? This is the worst that I have seen in all my long years as a policeman,” said one of the officers at the scene.
If Jinayah survives, her father will be charged with an array of offenses, including attempted murder and several charges under the Children's Act.
Jinayah's mother was being comforted by neighbours. Although she would not speak to reporters about what happened, she did say she has been praying for her daughter's survival. She is asking members of the public to say a prayer for her baby's recovery.