Nigeria Nanny jailed for force-feeding baby to death in US

Nigeria Nanny jailed for force-feeding baby to death in US

    73 year old nanny, Oluremi Adeleye has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being  convicted of murder in the U.S. for force-feeding a baby with milk. According to Washington Post, the septuagenarian was found guilty of child abuse and second-degree murder by Prince George’s County Circuit Court, Judge Karen Mason. “While

 

 

73 year old nanny, Oluremi Adeleye has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being  convicted of murder in the U.S. for force-feeding a baby with milk.

According to Washington Post, the septuagenarian was found guilty of child abuse and second-degree murder by Prince George’s County Circuit Court, Judge Karen Mason.

“While I don’t find the defendant is an evil-intentioned baby slayer, I also don’t find her actions were accidental.” Mason said before handing down the sentence.

Adeleye, a native of Nigeria who  testified in her own defense at her trial said she was “cup-feeding” the baby to ensure the baby didn’t go hungry, a custom in her home country.

The child had roused the nanny from a nap, and the girl essentially drowned in milk while in Adeleye’s care in Glenarden on Oct. 24, 2016, prosecutors said at trial.

In her defence, her attorneys said that she did not mean to hurt the child and that Enita’s death was a “tragic accident.”

Although Adeleye had others testify in her defense, saying that cup-feeding — pouring liquid in one’s hand to feed children when they do not want to eat but need to be fed — was common in Nigeria.

She pleaded:“Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to kill your child,” Oluremi said in court on the day the judgement was delivered.

In finding Adeleye guilty of all the charges against her, Mason said Adeleye lied to homicide detectives in recorded interviews about whether she unscrewed the cap of the bottle to feed the child.

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