Sunday 15 December, 2019

Woman who exposed baby thief in JA to get national honour

Suzette Whyte and Sinclair Hutton cuddle their son after being reunited with the child at the Denham Town police station in Kingston earlier this year.

Suzette Whyte and Sinclair Hutton cuddle their son after being reunited with the child at the Denham Town police station in Kingston earlier this year.

Tamar Blake, the Registrar General's Department (RGD) employee who raised the alarm which led to the reunion of a kidnapped baby with his parents in February, will be among 143 Jamaicans to be recognised with national honours and awards during the annual ceremony at King’s House on National Heroes Day, Monday, October 21.

Blake will be presented with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for an act of courage and bravery that led to the safe return of the baby boy to his parents. She is being specifically recognised for her alertness in determining that something was out of place, and her actions that followed, which led to the reunion.

Days after the country awoke to news that a newborn was snatched from his mother at the Victoria Jubiulee Hospital in Kingston, 28-year-old Peta-Gay Ffrench attempted to register the infant at the RGD's offices.

However, when Ffrench was unable to provide certain documents to prove that she was the mother of the child, a suspicious Blake alerted her superiors and the police were called in which led to the arrest of Ffrench and the reunification of the infant with his family.

Ffrench pleaded guilty to child stealing in July.

Meanwhile, two others will be bestowed with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry. They are Paul Betty, who went to the assistance of a cashier who was being robbed at gunpoint at their place of work, and Susan Foster, who displayed bravery in saving the life of a police officer who, under criminal assault, was hit from his motorcycle.

Foster rescued the policeman and transported him to hospital.

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