A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
A mother from the rural Haitian Artibonite Valley tells us how she lost
her newborn baby. She was awakened one night by a sound. She opened her eyes
and with horror she watched a beast enter the house and hover above her sleeping
baby girl. The mother tried to scream but could not; she tried to move but
could not. She lay paralyzed in terror watching a monster take hold of her
baby. In the morning, the mother woke to find her child listless and febrile.
She brought her baby to the local hospital where the child died soon after
admission. Fearful that the beast would return to feed on the corpse, the
mother buried the child in a garden directly outside the window of her bedroom.
On awakening every morning, the mother opens her window and checks on her
Fitzgerald DW, Behets FMF. Beyond Folklore. JAMA. 2002;288(22):2791-2792. doi:10.1001/jama.288.22.2791