Mum jailed for five years after leaving baby to die in ‘squalid’ London home

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 (Met Police)
(Met Police)

A mum has been jailed for five years after she left her 11-month-old daughter to die in a “squalid” London home.

Baby Nafahat Diini was only 11 months old when she died in squalid conditions, surrounded by walls covered in faeces, rotten takeaways, a broken crib and barely any edible food.

Her mum Fartun Jamal has been put behind bars for causing her death after she failed to seek medical treatment for her daughter when she became ill, despite their GP practice being just 70m away in Kingfisher Way, Brent.

Two baby bottles, one containing congealed milk and a cigarette butt next to it (Met Police)
Two baby bottles, one containing congealed milk and a cigarette butt next to it (Met Police)

Police and paramedics carried out desperate attempts to resuscitate Nafahat after Jamal phoned 999 to say had stopped breathing.

She was pronounced dead in the bedroom with human faeces smeared on the walls and window.

Nafahat’s cot was broken and collapsed with no toys or photos of her throughout the house.

The cot itself was a travel cot and was not a suitable bed for a child of Nafahat’s age.

In Jamal’s bedroom, officers found mouse droppings on her mattress and more human faeces on the walls.

Several of the rooms contained carrier bags full of dirty nappies and plates of rotting food.

Officers searched the kitchen and found hardly any food. The only items in the fridge were two bottles of milk that were nearly empty. In the broken freezer was a melted carton of ice cream.

On the windowsill was a container of cooked and congealed pasta that was being used as an ash tray.

Jamal told officers that she had offered Nafahat formula milk earlier that morning but she had refused it. However, officers found no formula milk in the flat.

DCI Madeline Ryder, the senior investigating officer, said the death had “deeply affected” investigating officers.

She said: “This is an absolutely tragic case that resulted in the needless death of an innocent baby.

“No child should ever have to suffer in this manner.

“For the vast majority of parents, to care for, protect and nurture their children is their main priority. However, Jamal was out partying just days before Nafahat’s death and had clearly placed her social life above that of the basic needs of her baby.”

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a respiratory tract infection (bronchitis complicated with pneumonia).

The doctor who pronounced Nafahat dead told officers it was a case of neglect.

Jamal was arrested on suspicion of neglect and answered no comment to all questions.

She was found guilty of causing the death of Nafahat Diini as well as three counts of child cruelty following a trial.

Jamal, of Kingfisher Way, Brent, was jailed for five years and six months at Harrow Crown Court on Friday.

DCI Ryder added: “There is no sentence long enough to justify the taking of a baby’s life, however I am pleased with the outcome of today’s sentencing. We hope that in some small way, this offers some comfort to Nafahat’s remaining family.”

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