A Nigerian nanny has been found guilty of killing an eight-month-old baby by force-feeding her half a pint of milk in less than 30 seconds in Maryland, United States of America.
According to Washington post, the 73-year-old nanny, Oluremi Adeleye, was seen on video removing the teat from the baby’s bottle and pouring the milk into the girl’s mouth until she was no longer conscious.
The baby, Enita Salubi, was taken to the University of Maryland, Prince George’s Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead on October 26, 2016.
Prosecutors said that the nanny performed the sickening punishment after the baby’s crying woke her from a nap.
According to reports, in footage from the camera played in court, Enita could be seen struggling as Adeleye tipped the contents of a nearly full bottle into her mouth. The toddler then collapsed but Adeleye picked her up and even tried to force her to drink another bottle of milk.
Enita could then be seen going limp as Adeleye tried to rouse her. Adeleye then called the toddler’s dad who called 911 as he raced home.
Prosecuting attorney Artemis Moutsatsos told Prince George’s County Circuit Court, “she was getting her to shut up by pouring down the milk.”
Paramedics said milk was pouring out of the baby’s mouth and nose as they performed CPR.
When detectives arrived, the nanny lied to them about removing the teat from the bottle. She later confessed when police told her there was a video of the incident.
Nigerian-born Adeleye was convicted on Monday of child abuse and second-degree murder.
Adeleye’s attorney, Douglas Wood, argued that the 73-year-old should not be convicted for child abuse as the act of feeding the child wasn’t malicious or cruel. “All she wanted to do was feed the child,” Wood said. “She wanted to make sure the baby was healthy and the baby was well fed.”
Adeleye sentencing is scheduled for May 3, 2019.