Mother who force fed her baby to death faces jail
Published 12/10/2011 | 13:35
A NURSE was facing jail today after being convicted of force feeding her baby daughter until she died.
Gloria Dwomoh, 31, was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of 10-month-old Diamond.
She was said to be obsessed with the child's weight and poured liquidised food into the child's mouth when she was weaning her.
The baby died in March last year, after being taken to a hospital near her home in Waltham Forest, east London.
A post-mortem examination found she died from pneumonia caused by food, including meat and cereals, in her lungs.
The prosecution at the Old Bailey said the baby had been forced to take her feed from a jug after the spout was placed in the baby's mouth.
The mother and her 37-year-old husband denied the charge. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was found not guilty.
Dwomoh showed no emotion as she was remanded in custody to be sentenced on November 9.
Dwomoh, who worked at St Thomas' hospital, south London, had wept in court as she denied doing anything to harm her baby.
She said she and her siblings had been fed the same way by her mother in Ghana when she was weaning them onto solid food.
On the night Diamond died, she had fed the child, bathed her and put her to bed before going to work.
"I didn't do anything to her. I didn't do anything at all to hurt her," she said as she broke down in the witness box.
Dwomoh showed the jury two small china jugs, the size of cups, which she used for feeding.
She said she made up feeds, including liquidised chicken soup, in one jug and transferred small amounts to feed the girl into the other.
Diamond did not take to the bottle well and she was trying "to give her nutrients rather than milk".
However Andrew Edis, QC, prosecuting, said the food had "gone down the wrong way" over months after the child had begun coughing and choking.
Mr Edis told the jury: "This is a very sad case. She died because of the method by which her parents chose to feed her at the time she was being introduced to solid food.
"The allegation is one of force feeding. If you have a child who is distressed and choking, you do not carry on.
"It involved the use of jugs - pouring food into the mouth of the child.
"The spout was placed into the mouth of the child to prevent her closing it when she did not want any more - to prevent her having any choice.
"The mother, she is a nurse and that involves a degree of extra insight.
"An ordinary mother would think twice or more before using a jug to pour food into the mouth of a child."
A serious case review is taking place into the baby's death which followed social services and health care concerns about the feeding method being used by the mother in the past.
A detective in the case said: "She appeared to be obsessed with Diamond's weight and ignored advice she had been given."