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Mother found guilty of force-feeding baby to death

PUBLISHED October 12, 2011

Gloria Dwomoh, 31, a nurse from east London, was obsessed with weight of 10-month-old Diamond, court hears A nurse is facing jail after being convicted of force-feeding her 10-month-old daughter until the infant died. Gloria Dwomoh was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Diamond, who died from pneumonia caused by food, including meat and cereals, in her lungs. The 31-year-old from east London was said to be obsessed with the child's weight and poured liquidised food into the child's mouth when she was weaning her. Diamond died in March last year, after being taken to a hospital near her home in Waltham Forest. The prosecution at the Old Bailey said the infant had been forced to feed from a jug with the spout placed in her mouth. She said she and her siblings had been fed the same way by her mother in Ghana when she was weaning them on to solid food. Dwomoh and her 37-year-old husband denied the charge. She was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 9 November. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was found not guilty. Dwomoh, who worked at St Thomas' hospital, south London, wept in court as she denied doing anything to harm her baby. On the night Diamond died, Dwomoh had fed and bathed the child, then put her to bed before going to work. "I didn't do anything to her. I didn't do anything at all to hurt her," Dwomoh told the court. She showed the jury two small china jugs, the size of cups, which she used for feeding. She said she made up feeds, including liquidised chicken soup, in one jug and transferred small amounts to feed the girl into the other. Diamond did not take to the bottle well and she was trying "to give her nutrients rather than milk". However, Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said the food had "gone down the wrong way" over months after the child had begun coughing and choking. Edis told the jury: "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. "It involved the use of jugs ? pouring food into the mouth of the child. The spout was placed into the mouth of the child to prevent her closing it when she did not want any more ? to prevent her having any choice. "The mother, she is a nurse and that involves a degree of extra insight. An ordinary mother would think twice or more before using a jug to pour food into the mouth of a child." A serious case review has opened into Diamond's death, which followed social services and healthcare concerns about Dwomoh's feeding method in the past. London Crime © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds