Mother force-fed baby to death

2011-10-12 21:59

London - A nurse faces jail after killing her baby by force-feeding in the first case of its kind in Britain.

Gloria Dwomoh was found guilty at London's Old Bailey central criminal court on Wednesday of causing or allowing the death of her 10-month-old daughter Diamond.

She was said to be obsessed with the child's weight and poured liquidised food into her 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, the Press Association reported.

A post-mortem examination found the child died from pneumonia caused by food, including meat and cereals, in her lungs.

Social workers and health professionals apologised for not saving the baby, the latest in a line of children let down by carers.

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

Dwomoh, who worked at St Thomas' Hospital in 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.

Dwomoh, 31, showed the jury two small china jugs, the size of cups, which she used for feeding.

In one jug she had made up feeds, including liquidised chicken soup, and then transferred small amounts into the other to give to her daughter.

However, the food had "gone down the wrong way" over months after the child had begun coughing and choking, prosecutor Andrew Edis said.

"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," he added.

Waltham Forest safeguarding children's board chair Laura Eades said care workers were determined to learn from the tragedy.

"Had best practice been followed, the risk to Diamond of force-feeding would have been better recognised and the family would have been offered further support and intervention," she said.

"The death of a child by force-feeding is extremely rare. To our knowledge, this case is the first of its kind in this country," she added.

  • OZNOB - 2011-10-12 22:36

    force fed a kid to death NOW THAT IS A NEW ONE.It didn't die due to lack of attention rather due to too much and doing things that one learnt as a kid even though they were wrong and she should have known better

  • christo.crous - 2011-10-12 22:45

    Eish?! I didn't know.. Pathetic..

  • Chika01 - 2011-10-13 07:45

    And she is a Nurse and did notr know!?? Send her to Jail.!

  • daaivark - 2011-10-13 08:01

    This is just plain sad. Please do not let us let our South African penchant for turning everything into some sort of racist spat let us lose the focus here. Lack of education caused this. Plain and simple. The mother must be devastated.

      Paul - 2011-10-13 10:48

      I fully agree with you on this one. All that should be focussed on in these cases, is the loss that a family has to bear.

  • Dania - 2011-10-13 08:26

    thats a baby whats wrong with her a baby should be loved and cared for babys dont know there limit they will eat all day not knowing when to stop! the babys mom should have known better

      daaivark - 2011-10-13 10:15

      I don't think you can fairly assume that the baby was unloved. Quite the opposite. Despite the fact that we like to think of ourselves as a sophisticated society, it is without doubt still a common perception throughout the world that a fat baby is a healthy baby. This baby, sadly, was loved to death. Absolutely tragic for both mother and child.

  • LindiBleu - 2011-10-13 08:43

    this still happens in SA - I took a lot of flack frm my boyfriend's mom when I chose to breastfeed exclusively for 6 mths, cos I was told my son should be fed porridge from 2 months so he can sleep better and grow better. I stood my ground and even when I introduced solids, I was accused of feeding him too little. oh, and the mom was a nurse at a private hospital... and you've guessed it ... at the Paeds department!!!

  • KD - 2011-10-13 08:51

    This seems like a case of ignorance, not malice. I doubt she intended to harm her baby. It seems like a case of 'that's how its always been done' which is hard for some cultures to break away from. I think losing her child, which she is clearly distraught about, is punishment enough. I also think the headline is misleading, but that's not surprising for News24 - the more sensational, the better.

      blondetopaz - 2011-10-13 10:11

      KD - totally agree with you. as a mother, you are under a lot of pressure regarding advise given. what 'worked' for our moms, grannies might not be the correct way now. News24 is becoming rather boring and "rubbish reporting" orientated. Poor mother. i am sure she did not mean to harm her baby....

      Great White - 2011-10-13 15:25

      Yeah just a mistake. Anyone could accidentally force-feed their baby to death.

  • Kez - 2011-10-13 11:41

    she doesn't deserve to be called a mother. It is insulting to mothers.what kind.

  • Great White - 2011-10-13 15:23 Ghanian A-hole bringing her tribal crap to a normal country.

  • Moi - 2011-10-14 10:15

    What a tragic story. I think it's fair to assume that the child was loved, the poor mother was clearly uneducated. It's unfortunate that so many people insist on following outdated and unproven traditions to the detriment of their children. Rest in peace little one.

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