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Child abuse couple jailed

JAILED: Gnagne Sangare, left, and husband Adama Sangare

A FATHER and step-mother found guilty of ‘horribly’ neglecting their two-year-old son were jailed yesterday (July 11).

Gnagne Sangare, 27, was sentenced to four years' imprisonment, while her husband, Adama Sangare, 36, was given an eight-month prison term.

Victim Mohammed Diarra, now aged three, was taken to hospital on March 23, 2010 after he was found in bed experiencing breathing difficulties. On arrival staff were forced to perform CPR when he stopped breathing.

Further tests revealed that the tot had suffered severe brain injuries, a laceration to his liver and transacted pancreas, thought to be a result of blunt abdominal trauma.

More medical tests revealed that the toddler had a fracture to his right leg and previously broken ribs.

Police arrested, Adama and Gnagne on suspicion of child abuse, and took their four other children into police protection.

The couple were charged in September 2010 with three counts of neglect in relation to Mohammed's broken ribs, broken leg, stomach injuries and were later charged over his brain injuries.

Gnagne was found guilty of all four of the charges, while Adama was found guilty of one charge involving the three-year-old’s broken ribs.

Detective Sergeant James Willis said: "This small child was horribly neglected by these parents and had suffered horrendous injuries. Thankfully they brought him into hospital that night and the medical professionals were able to spot this abuse before it went any further.”

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