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Baby dies after mother leaves for 6-day birthday party

Sussex - The baby starved to death after her mother left her alone in the house.

By Web Report

Published: Sat 27 Mar 2021, 9:10 AM

A baby starved to death after her teen mother left her alone while she went on a six-day party to celebrate her 18th birthday.

According to The Sun, Verphy Kudi, now 19, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of baby Asiah on Friday.

Sussex Police confirmed that Kudi had attended parties in London, Coventry and Solihull over six days and called emergency services after she returned home saying her child was unresponsive.

The baby was rushed to Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton but was tragically declared dead on arrival. A post-mortem exam and subsequent forensic tests found baby Asiah was dehydrated and starved and died from neglect.

Kudi had been in prison since October 2020 and will be sentenced on May 28 pending a psychology report.

Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership (BHSCP) said: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Asiah. In our safeguarding role, we will work with our partners to look into what has happened and carry out a Child Safeguarding Practice Review.

'This includes working with our partner Sussex Police to make sure our review is carried out in support of or alongside their ongoing actions in this case."

Senior Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme said; "This was a particularly distressing case for my team and me to investigate, and has caused great sorrow amongst Verphy's family and the many agencies that have supported Verphy and Asiah."

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

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