Mother who killed her baby daughter spared jail

By Rob Virtue on July 21, 2014 5:20 PM |

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A 19-year-old who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her four-month-old child has been given a suspended sentence.

Paramedics were called to a home in Ackroyd Road in E3 in October 2013 to reports of a baby taken ill. She died in hospital just 15 minutes later.

A post-mortem found the cause of death to be severe acute malnutrition and dehydration.

The mother, who was then 18, was arrested and charged.

She has not been named for legal reasons.

She appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday where she faced three charges - one of manslaughter and two counts of child cruelty.

She was sentenced to 18 months for manslaughter and given nine months for each act of cruelty. The terms were each suspended for two years.

The court also gave her a two-year supervision and residence order preventing her from entering Tower Hamlets, Brent and Westminster, as well as an order stopping her from supervising a child under 11 for two years.