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Latino Daily News

Thursday February 3, 2011

Haitian Children Die Under ‘Unusual’ Religious Circumstances in the Dominican Republic

Two Haitian children found inside a church in Puerto Plata did not die of cholera Dominican Republic authorities are saying. The two deceased children were found together with four others who were alive but in a very serious condition.

The parents of the children told authorities how the children had suffered vomiting, stomach aches and some diarrhea on Monday night and died, leading everyone to assume it was cholera. It was the parents who took the unidentified children to a local church used by the Haitians to see if the pastor could revive the children with religious rites.

Regional Public Health director Waddy Musa told reporters from El Nuevo Diario that the people who attend that church engage in “strange worship” and often fast for several days at a time, as part of their religious practice.

The Police say that they are investigating the parents of the two dead children to find out what really happened. Did the children starve to death?  Were they already ill and then deprived of necessary nutrients. 

The bodies of the two children, who were 9 and 3 years old, were sent to the Regional Forensic Institute to establish the cause of death.