Sickening moment man gives thumbs up as girlfriend boards bus with dead baby in plot to fake death

Mark Chandler

This is the chilling moment a drug addict gave his girlfriend the thumbs up as she brought their dead baby onto a bus in a bid to fake the child’s death.

Footage shows Jeffrey Wiltshere, 52, pushing a pram on to the number 25 bus in Stratford.

He then kisses 25-year-old Rosalin Baker goodbye and gives her a thumbs up sign as the doors close.

Baker, with the body of 16-week-old Imani strapped to her chest, then calmly makes her way to a seat and is shown chatting on a phone.

Harrowing: Rosalin Baker boards a London bus with her dead baby strapped to her chest, as Jeffrey Wiltshire gives her a thumbs up (Metropolitan Police)

Later, she staged little Imani’s death in a “devious” plan to cover up horrific abuse of the child.

During the journey, Baker raised the alarm and passengers desperately tried to save Imani by giving her CPR and calling an ambulance on the morning of September 28 last year.

The couple are now facing years in jail after they tried to cover up their child’s torture.

During their Old Bailey trial, Baker blamed her abusive and controlling boyfriend and claimed he had tried to "frame" her by forcing her on to the bus with their dead child in a sling.

But former rapper Wiltshire, who claimed to have fathered 25 children, insisted: "I'm not a life taker, I'm a baby maker."

Guilty: Rosalin Baker, 25, and Jeffrey Wiltshire

The jury deliberated for 14-and-a-half hours before clearing them of murder but finding them guilty of causing or allowing the death of their daughter, who was on the child protection register.

Adjourning sentencing until May 18, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said: "Imani's life must have been painful, distressing and bewildering, and the failure at the very least to protect her is a serious matter indeed that must result in a custodial sentence."

In the week of her death, Imani was attacked three times and suffered 40 rib fractures, a broken wrist and terrible head injuries, jurors were told.

Plot: Rosalin Baker in a shop before the cover-up attempt (PA)

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said Imani was in "very significant pain and distress", which would have been obvious to any parent.

CPS reviewing lawyer Devi Kharran said: "These verdicts bring to an end a tragic case.

"Despite a large number of very serious and painful injuries which would have been very obvious, neither of her parents sought medical help.

"Instead her lifeless body was carried onto a crowded London bus to disguise the true circumstances of her death.

"Witnesses have told the court of the shock and distress on that bus once Imani's lifeless body was discovered.

"We would like to thank those who tried to help on the day including members of the public and the emergency services, some of whom later gave evidence in support of this prosecution."

An NSPCC spokesman said it was a "deeply disturbing case", adding: "We hope the Serious Case Review will provide much-needed answers about the circumstances surrounding the death of baby Imani."

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