Thursday 22 March 2018

Mother guilty of killing baby by force-feeding

Shenai Raif in London

A NURSE is facing jail after killing her baby by force-feeding her, in the first case of its kind in Britain.

Social workers and health professionals apologised for not saving 10-month-old Diamond, the latest in a line of children let down by carers.

Now, an investigation is being launched into feeding methods used by mothers, particularly those from cultures where bigger babies are considered to be healthier.

A serious case review reported 18 key findings, including the lack of understanding on the issues which should have caused alarm bells to ring.

Gloria Dwomoh was found guilty yesterday at the Old Bailey of causing or allowing the death of Diamond. She was said to have been obsessed with Diamond's weight and poured liquidised food into her mouth when she was weaning her.

Diamond died in March last year after being taken to a hospital near her home in Waltham Forest, east London. A post-mortem found she died from pneumonia caused by food, including meat and cereals, in her lungs.

Dwomoh showed no emotion as she was remanded in custody to be sentenced on November 9.

Irish Independent

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