Mother jailed for five years for manslaughter of her daughter Alijah Thomas

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A woman has been jailed for five years after she pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her five-year-old daughter.

Martina Madarova, 41, of Leyborne Avenue, W13 appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday charged with the murder of her child Alijah Thomas.

At the hearing, Madarova entered a plea of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility and the plea was accepted by the court.

She was sentenced to five years behind bars in the same hearing.

Police were called to an address on Leyborne Avenue, in Ealing, London following concerns for the welfare of the occupants.

Alijah was pronounced dead at the scene, despite the efforts of the London Ambulance Service.

Her cause of death was compression of the neck, a post-mortem examination found in September.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “This has been a truly harrowing investigation that involved the loss of an innocent young life at the hands of a loved one.

“I sincerely hope that Alijah’s family are comforted by the knowledge that Martina Madarova will now receive the help that she needs. Our thoughts are with them today.”

The child’s grieving dad told of his utter heartbreak over the death of his daughter but he said he had no hatred in his heart for his partner.

Alijah’s father said: “No words could ever explain or put into context how I have felt since Alijah was taken from us.

“There is no escaping this situation, every day I have to live through the loss of my daughter and the impact it has had on us. This has changed our lives.

“I am not only suffering the loss of my daughter but I have also lost my partner in these tragic circumstances. Martina was more than just a partner, she was my best friend and my soul mate. This is a case of mental health. There is no hatred towards Martina.”