In ESSAY on November 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

A nurse was jailed for three years today for killing her baby by force-feeding her in the first case of its kind in Britain. Gloria Dwomoh, 31, was found guilty at the Old Bailey last month of causing or allowing the death of 10-month-old Diamond. The mother, who has three other children, was said to be obsessed with Diamond’s weight and poured liquidised food down her throat with a jug while she was weaning the tot. Diamond died in March last year after being taken to a hospital near her home in Waltham Forest, east London. A post-mortem examination found she died from pneumonia caused by food, including meat and cereals, in her lungs.

The prosecution said Diamond was forced to take her feed from the jug after the spout was placed in her mouth. Trevor Burke QC, for Dwomoh, said: ‘She has endured the loss of her child for over a year. She has been punished enough.’

He presented the court with a 1,000-signature petition from family and friends pleading for mercy, and asked the judge to impose a suspended sentence. But the Common Serjeant of London Judge Brian Barker described Dwomoh’s actions as a ‘misguided obsession’.

Judge Barker said: ‘The forcing of food into your daughter against her natural instincts would have caused her daily distress.

‘At best it was a misguided obsession – but a determined obsession – which must have caused daily prolonged distress to your daughter.

‘It cannot be described as an act of kindness. It took away her life and that is something you must live with.’

He said the practice of feeding by pouring food from a cup or jug into a child’s throat was culturally acceptable in some
parts of the world. ‘In this country the feeding of a child in this way, against its will, is wrong and dangerous,’ he added. Dwomoh, who worked at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, wept in court as she denied doing anything to harm her baby.

  1. my sister is innocent of the act of killing Diamond. i pray she comes out as our lovely sister we know of. May the good Lord be with you sis.

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