Tearful send-off for Baby Terracina

Two-year-old Terracina Ariel Meina Moonilal has been laid to rest at the D'abadie Public Cemetary on Monday following a funeral service at her Wallerfield home.

Her grief-stricken parents, Corine Charles and Terrance Moonilal, had no words but only tears to shed for their first born as the ceremony started. 

They stood for several minutes inconsolable at the side of the tiny white coffin that was adorned with blue and white ribbons.

Little Terracina was crushed by the wheel of a truck outside her home in Wallerfield last Wednesday morning.

An autopsy done at the Forensic Science Centre in St James last week Thursday revealed that she died from multiple blunt force trauma.

The service was officiated by Pastor Marlon Alvarez of New Beginning Ministries and Anglican Priest Fitzgerald De Abreau who is an uncle of the family.

Charles, who spoke to the Guardian Media last Wednesday evening, said the incident occurred shortly before 8 am that day.

She said she was outside the house washing and had left her daughter in the house but had placed a wooden barrier in front of the doorway to ensure that she was secured indoors. 

She said two trucks came in to the road and one turned around and headed back out the road but the other one stopped and called her 12-year-old nephew to ask him directions and it was only when the truck drove off he saw Terracina on the road and screamed out to her that the child was lying on the road covered in blood.

Charles is a stay-at-home mother of two.

 Her second child is a nine-month-old baby girl, who is in dire need of medical attention as she is said to have a hole in her heart.

Charles said she strongly believes that when Terracina saw her cousin standing outside she rocked the barrier, breaking free and ran out and stood next to him but in front of the truck's wheel. 

The toddler's cousin neither the truck driver saw the little girl on the roadway.

The child was taken by ambulance to the Arima District Health Facility but was pronounced dead on arrival. 

- by Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

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