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Mum jailed for force feeding baby

Force fed: Baby Diamond died after being force fed

A MOTHER has been jailed for three years after she was found guilty of force-feeding her 10-month-old daughter until she died.

Gloria Dwomoh, a nurse from Walthamstow, east London was jailed earlier today (November 11) despite a petition with 1000 signatures and pleas from family, friends and supporters for the judge to have mercy.

A court heard last month that Dwomoh was so obsessed with baby Diamond's weight that she would place a spout in the tot's mouth and pour liquidised food from a jug when weaning her.

A post-mortem examination, conducted in March last year, revealed that Diamond had contracted pneumonia triggered by food repeatedly being forced into her lungs.

Weeping in court last month, 31-year-old Dwomoh told the court she and her siblings had been fed the same way by her mother when she was weaning them onto solid food in her native Ghana.

"I didn't do anything to her. I didn't do anything at all to hurt her," she told the court.

Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said the food had "gone down the wrong way" for a long period of time.

"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," he said.

"The allegation is one of force feeding. If you have a child who is distressed and choking, you do not carry on," he added.

Dwomoh’s lawyer had asked for a suspended sentence, saying she had been punished enough by the loss of her baby.

Judge Brian Barker described Dwomoh's actions as a "misguided obsession" but she was still given jail time.

Is the three-year sentence too harsh for Gloria Dwomoh seeing that she was following a cultural practice? Let us know what you think by logging in and leaving a comment .

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