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British woman’s missing son, 3, found dead in burned car near body of his dad

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British woman’s missing son, 3, found dead in burned car near body of his dad

Hunters made the tragic discovery of the boy’s body in a burned out car in mountains near Santa Margarida da Serra, 80 miles south of Lisbon, Portugal

By Natalia Penza Danya Bazaraa Senior News Reporter

  • 07:33, 8 Nov 2021
  • Updated15:11, 8 Nov 2021

A British woman’s missing three-year-old son has been found dead inside a burned out car in Portugal near the body of his father following a suspected murder-suicide. Hunters made the tragic discovery yesterday morning in mountains near Santa Margarida da Serra, 80 miles south of Lisbon. The German man has been named locally as “famous designer” Clemens Weisshaar. His child has been named locally as Tasso. The 40-year-old German man, whose body was near the gutted vehicle, had a gunshot wound to his head. His son was said to have been reported missing by mum Phoebe Arnold a week ago after her ex-partner failed to return him following a weekend visit. Ms Arnold and Weisshaar had been dating since at least 2016, according to social media posts, and are thought to have been married – though it is unclear exactly when they tied the knot. The globe-trotting pair had spent time together in New York, Germany and Portugal before separating which happened in July this year, according to Portuguese media. Ms Arnold worked as a celebrity- with clients including Paloma Faith and Gigi Hadid. Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias, which named the father, said he and his wife had separated in July. Reports said the mum had moved to Lisbon with their child after the split. Her ex had reportedly not seen the little boy until the end of last month when he went to the Portuguese capital and “promised” to return him on November 1 after spending some time with him. Police in Portugal are understood to have been searching for the missing father and son since the start of the week when the child’s mum went to police. It is not yet clear if the German father lived in Santa Margarida da Serra and how long he and his son had been dead. An autopsy due to be performed later today is expected to determine the exact time of death. A worker at a restaurant in a village nearby, who described the German man and his ex-partner as occasional customers, told Jornal de Noticias: “Sometimes they came in with the little boy and other times it was just him. He wasn’t a person who spoke a lot. Good morning and good afternoon and that was it.”

Rui Ermida, owner of the Taberna dos Mosqueiroes restaurant where Clemens Weisshaar was described as a regular, told Portuguese daily Correio da Manha: “He would come to have lunch or a beer.“

It was easy to speak to him, he was always pleasant.“He came two or three times with the child and the boy’s mum as well. I thought he had gone to Germany with his son, it was what people round here said.”

Clemens Weisshaar has been described by magazine Forum as “the leading edge of a new generation of digital designers.”

He first trained as a metalworker before studying design in London.Along with his business partner, he founded Kram/Weisshaar in Munich and Stockholm in 2002.Kram/Weisshaar’s work has been exhibited worldwide and can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein in Germany.Among the company’s creations is a razor-thin table embedded with hidden circuitry so you can cook dinner and keep plates warm and drinks cold while you dine. Portugal’s Judicial Police are leading the investigation.A spokeswoman for the PJ at its press office in Lisbon said: “We have no comment to make at this stage.”

We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

Mum’s despair at giving birth in toilet knowing baby wouldn’t be alive

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Mum’s despair at giving birth in toilet knowing baby wouldn’t be alive

WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT Jo Paskell, from Penarth, south Wales, expected her fifth child in late 2020 during the Covid pandemic but had a missed miscarriage, which affects around one to five per cent of pregnancies

By Jonathon Hill & Bradley Jolly Digital journalist

  • 08:50, 9 Oct 2021 Updated10:21, 9 Oct 2021

A grief-stricken mum has recalled the trauma of giving birth to her baby girl despite knowing she wouldn’t be alive as she had suffered a missed miscarriage.   Jo Paskell, 38, was expecting her fifth child last year but, at her 20-week scan, the sonographer found no heartbeat.  A consultant told Jo her baby had died but her body didn’t know – a rare occurrence called a missed or silent miscarriage.  But the mother, of Penarth, south Wales, gave birth to Cariad the next day after doctors gave her tablets and her own room with a bathroom.  Jo took the pills, went into the bathroom and her contractions started but she didn’t have the strength to get back to bed. Her spouse Phil was not allowed to be with her due to Covid rules.  Speaking to Wales Online, Jo said: “She [Cariad] was perfect. The most perfect little nose and eyes that never opened. I held her and sang to her. I told her how sorry I was that I couldn’t protect her. And then I had to leave her. Instead of bringing a baby home all I had was a little box with her footprints and photos. And so many unanswered questions. I was in at 9am and out by 4pm. They wanted me to stay longer but I just wanted to get home to my kids.”

A missed miscarriage, usually diagnosed at 12 or 20 weeks, is also known as a silent miscarriage because people often don’t exhibit the most common miscarriage symptoms such as heavy cramping and vaginal bleeding. One to five per cent of pregnancies results in a missed miscarriage, according to recent research.  Doctors believe from their measurements that Cariad was around 16 weeks when she died. Jo is now determined to raise awareness of missed miscarriages and the support available to parents who lose a child.  “A missed miscarriage is not something I’d ever heard of,” she said.

“I’d had none of the typical signs of miscarriage. There was no indication at all that anything was wrong. My life is all about my children and Cariad is no exception. I will always be a mum to five beautiful children.”

Recalling the traumatic 20-week scan at Llandough hospital in Penarth, Jo said: “I can’t describe the feeling. I told her she was wrong, that it wasn’t possible. How could my baby be dead and I didn’t know? Another doctor then came in and confirmed it. It was like my whole world stopped in that moment. It was like I went into autopilot, but I could barely even stand to walk out of the room.  A consultant came to see me and explained I’d had a ‘missed miscarriage’ where my baby had died but my body didn’t know.”

The mum had already been through a challenging first lockdown, as her grandmother died and she was unable to go to the funeral. Jo’s family had largely isolated during the pandemic as her eight-year-old son Jack has non verbal classic autism and short bowel syndrome, and so needs regular care.  “Our house is pretty full and a bit crazy, life is very busy already with four kids and their additional needs, but there was no question of Cariad fitting in. We were very excited,” Jo, who lives with kids children, Jamie, Jack, Kasey and Kali, and her partner Phil, continued.

“Then the pandemic hit and we went into lockdown, and it was really scary. I was worried about catching Covid for Jack’s sake because he is clinically vulnerable – but also for my baby.  One of the hardest things was not telling my mum and dad, because I couldn’t see them and I didn’t want to do it over the phone. Apart from my nana’s funeral it was nearly three months I didn’t see them for.  It’s been a scary time, because of Jack’s loss of bowel he picks up coughs and colds very easily and spends a lot of time in hospital having IV fluids,” Jo said. “Trying to home-school the children by myself with so many different children with additional needs, and then the baby running around, was extremely difficult.”

Now, Jo and her family cherish a photo of Cariad’s footprint, taken at the hospital.  In June, a private funeral was held for Cariad with the help of James Summers funeral care in Penarth, with only Jo and Phil in attendance.  “We held it at Barry crematorium,” Jo explained. “A poem was read for Cariad and we played two songs The Last Lullaby by Itty Bitty Beats and Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy. About a week later I was able to collect Cariad’s ashes.”

In October, after receiving a full autopsy report for Cariad, Jo found out her daughter had Down’s Syndrome which had contributed to her death.  As the family approaches what would have been Cariad’s first birthday, Jo said she was determined to make a difference for people who experienced similar loss by raising funds for the Aching Arms charity and the Down’s Syndrome Association.  “I was dreading it [Cariad’s first birthday]. I should be planning a party, buying presents and a cake,” she said. “Instead I have nothing. But I can’t let her birthday pass without doing something.  At the moment I’m really focused on my fundraiser. I wanted to do something that would make a difference and help other people too.” You can see Jo’s fundraising page here, after she pledged to cycle 150km in October.

Jeremy Bamber’s ex’s life now after her bombshell evidence put him behind bars

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Jeremy Bamber’s ex’s life now after her bombshell evidence put him behind bars

Julie Mugford was the prosecution’s key witness in the trial of Jeremy Bamber after he murdered his family at White House Farm in August 1985. The 2020 ITV series is now streaming on Netflix

By Kirsty McCormack Senior TV Reporter

07:00, 13 Feb 2021

Jeremy Bamber has been in prison since October 1986, but without the help of his former girlfriend Julie Mugford, that may never have happened.  Julie was the prosecution’s key witness in the trial after Jeremy murdered his family at White House Farm back in August 1985.  Her bombshell evidence pointed the finger firmly at Jeremy as the gunman responsible for killing his parents, Nevill and June, sister, Sheila, and young nephews, Nicholas and Daniel.  Despite being pictured comforting Jeremy at the funeral of his entire family, Julie decided to drastically change her statement which then led to the arrest of her boyfriend.  Julie told officers that he had been planning to kill his parents, Nevill and June, for some time and revealed the full details of the chilling phone call he made to her on the night of the murders at White House Farm in Essex.  In her revised statement, she told police Jeremy had said he had repeatedly told her he wished he could “get rid of them all”.

Julie told officers that he had been planning to kill his parents, Nevill and June, for some time and revealed the full details of the chilling phone call he made to her on the night of the murders at White House Farm in Essex.  In her revised statement, she told police Jeremy had said he had repeatedly told her he wished he could “get rid of them all”.

Julie is now 57 and goes by the name Julie Smerchanski and lives a life of suburban normality with her husband and grown up children in Winnipeg, Canada.  She met her husband, Canadian Glen, in 1990, and worked as a special needs teacher before being promoted to the deputy head of a primary school. Julie is now an education officer in Winnipeg.  One of her neighbours told the Mail On Sunday: “She’s rebuilt her life. She’s not the same person now and then. She and Glen are a lovely couple.”

Sadly, Julie is still haunted by the murders almost 35 years ago and suffers from nightmares.  Her husband Glen said: “Julie just wishes it would all go away and we could get on with our lives.  How would you feel if you did the right thing and your life continued to be ruined by it.”

But one thing that has never waivered for Julie is her conviction that Bamber is guilty of the five murders, as she once said: “As far as I’m concerned nothing has changed. I sincerely believe he is guilty.”

The story of the murders was told in a six-part drama entitled ‘White House Farm’ which was shown on ITV at the beginning of 2020, and is now streaming on Netflix.

Teen mother, 19, bursts into tears as she is jailed for nine years for leaving her baby to starve to death while she went partying for SIX DAYS to celebrate her 18th birthday

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Teen mother, 19, bursts into tears as she is jailed for nine years for leaving her baby to starve to death while she went partying for SIX DAYS to celebrate her 18th birthday

Verphy Kudi's daughter Asiah Kudi died at home in Brighton in December 2019
Mother seen on CCTV leaving flat on her birthday and returning six days later
Kudi broke down as she was jailed for nine years and taken away by court staff 

By Raven Saunt and Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 13:38, 6 August 2021 | Updated: 15:56, 6 August 2021

A teen mother broke down in tears today as she was jailed for nine years after leaving her baby to starve to death while she went partying for six days to celebrate her 18th birthday. Verphy Kudi went to a 1990s music concert in Elephant and Castle and even had a DJ announce her birthday during her days-long jaunt away from home, a court heard. All the while her 20-month-old daughter, Asiah, was alone in her flat in a ‘supported housing’ block in Brighton more than 50 miles away.

Asiah tragically died from influenza and starvation after having been left unattended for five days, 21 hours and 58 minutes, prosecutors said. When paramedics were finally called to the flat on December 11, 2019 after Kudi had returned, they found her ‘incoherent, distressed and distraught’ and her daughter lying on the floor. Kudi, now 19, today appeared in the dock at Lewes Crown Court on Friday for sentencing after pleading guilty to manslaughter. She broke down in tears as she was jailed for nine years and taken away by court staff. Judge Laing said the baby had gone through ‘almost unimaginable suffering’ before dying alone in the flat. She added: ‘She was a helpless young child and relied completely on you as her mother to proved for her needs.’

She told her Kudi ‘grossly abused her trust’ and had prioritised her desire to ‘celebrate your birthday and the birthday of friends’ rather than the needs of her child. Wearing a black jacket and a face mask, Kudi bowed her head as details of the final days of her daughter’s life were read out in the courtroom. Prosecutor Sally Howes QC said CCTV covering Kudi’s home showed that she had left Asiah alone in the flat for five days, 21 hours and 58 minutes. Kudi left Brighton on December 5 and went to London where she spent her birthday with her boyfriend. On December 7 she attended a concert in Elephant and Castle and stayed out until 4am. On December 9 she moved on to a birthday party in Coventry 150 miles from Brighton before returning to London the next day and then home to East Sussex on December 11. Kudi returned to the flat at 3.38pm on December 11 but did not call emergency services for more than two hours. In that time she was seen emptying bags into a communal bin area before going back to her flat. She eventually dialled 999 and told the call handler after her daughter was ‘not waking up’. She told paramedics Asiah had been sleeping all day she had given her milk and Calpol and let her sleep. Ambulance staff arrived at Kudi’s Brighton flat and Asiah was taken to the city’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival. Peter Wilcock QC, defending Kudi, said it is ‘truly a tragic and devastating case’. He added: ‘She herself, the defendant, is both very young and we would submit very vulnerable.’

Mr Wilcock cited her young age at the time of the offence and her history of vulnerability, as well as the effects any sentence will have on her going forward. Sentencing Kudi, Judge Christine Laing QC said: ‘Asiah was alone in that flat for six days less two hours unable to do anything to draw attention to her plight. She was a helpless child and relied completely on you as her mother to provide for her needs. It is almost unbearable to contemplate her suffering in the final days of her life, suffering that she endured so that you could celebrate your birthday and the birthdays of your friends as a carefree teenager. It goes without saying that this is a particularly tragic case and it no doubt raises strong emotions in all who hear of it, but everyone should bear in mind that the charge I sentence you for is one of manslaughter, it being accepted that you did not intend to cause Asiah death nor to cause her really serious harm.’

Judge Laing QC branded Kudi ‘deceitful and manipulative’ and added: ‘You knew full well you should not be doing what you were doing. It is a particularly distressing aspect of this case that it is unlikely she would have cried for any time because she had learned on may occasions there would have ben no response.’

It had been previously been revealed Kudi tried to sell concert tickets on Twitter on the day the baby’s body was found. Another tweet showed her attempting to become a Pretty Little Thing model months after Asiah’s death. The court heard that Kudi had been a happy girl growing up and whose laughter would light up the whole house.’ But from the age of 14 she became withdrawn and began truanting from school and going missing from home. Social services stepped in and she was assigned a social worker and moved to a placement at a safe house in Norfolk. But there were concerns she had become involved in child sexual exploitation and she fell pregnant and moved back to Brighton. She was moved in with foster carers and Asiah was born on March 22, 2018 and was immediately placed on a child protection plan though there was no social worker assigned to her when she died. They went to live with Kudi’s mother Asiah Batrane but three months before the tragedy in September 2019 – Kudi and Asiah were moved by the council to a flat in a sheltered residential block for vulnerable families. She was one of eight young people living in a flat in the complex run by charity YMCA DownsLink on behalf of Brighton City Council. The flats are independent units and staff do not enter the living areas or carry out regular inspections, but there are members of staff located in a reception entrance to the block 24 hours a day. YMCA Downslink offers a ‘medium to low’ level of support for families, with all flats self-contained with their own kitchen, space for staff on duty, and a communal area for group activities. Kudi settled in well in the flat but the court heard she began to abandon her daughter alone in the flat to meet up with friends and go out to parties. In the three months leading up to her death there were at least six other occasions she left Asiah alone in the flat once for two whole days. In a statement, Asiah and Verphy’s family have said: ‘We are saddened by the current situation and as a family we have many unanswered questions. Verphy has experienced so much at such a young age and we have always done what we can to support her. As a family we are in the midst of an unbearable tragedy. Not only are we coming to terms with what has happened today but we are also still grieving for our beloved Asiah. We would be grateful if our privacy can be respected at this moment.’

The Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership (BHSCP) is carrying out a Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) of this case, which they aim to publish later this year. Sussex Police like all agencies concerned, are fully participating in that Review. Libby Clark of the CPS said: ‘This has been a deeply harrowing case involving the death of a 20-month-old baby. Asiah’s mother Verphy Kudi had a duty to keep her safe from harm, but instead selfishly chose to put her own need to party and be with her friends above all else. The consequences of her decision meant that Asiah must have suffered dreadfully during the days and nights that she was alone in the flat. This follows a history of multiple earlier occasions of abandonment and neglect.’

A spokesman for YMCA Downslink said: ‘The conclusion of the court hearing and sentencing of Verphy Kudi for the death of her daughter, Asiah, brings an element of closure to this tragic event. Verphy Kudi’s actions shocked us all. Verphy Kudi misled staff into believing Asiah was with her whilst she was away celebrating her 18th birthday. Tragically, neither our staff, nor other residents, heard anything to alert them to the fact that Asiah had been left in the flat alone and this continues to impact them deeply. In court it was stated that it is unlikely that Asiah would have called out due to a combination of learnt behaviour, and, her underlying influenza. Today, our thoughts and sympathies lie with Asiah, her wider family, and everyone affected by this awful event. We are working with the other agencies involved in the ongoing Child Safeguarding Practice Review to fully understand the circumstances that led to this tragic incident. We will not be making any further comment until we have the outcome of that review.’

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme, said; ‘This was a particularly distressing case for my team and me to investigate, and has caused great sorrow amongst Verphy’s family and the many agencies that have supported Verphy and Asiah. In pleading guilty, Ms Kudi accepted the terrible judgements she made in leaving her child alone and unprotected for such a protracted period, and accepts the lies she told to friends, family and professionals to cover up her neglect of her daughter and in order to avoid being caught. I hope Verphy’s acceptance will help the rest of her family to grieve the terrible loss of Asiah. Sussex Police will always go the extra mile to investigate offending against children and all vulnerable people, as well as supporting their families and friends. I would always urge anyone who has concerns for the wellbeing of a child, or vulnerable adult, to contact the relevant authorities as early as possible, so that supportive interventions can be made.’

Fetty Wap’s daughter Lauren, four, has died, her mother Turquoise Miami reveals in heartbreaking Instagram post

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Fetty Wap’s daughter Lauren, four, has died, her mother Turquoise Miami reveals in heartbreaking Instagram post

There had been claims as far back as a month ago that Lauren had died but it  was not confirmed until Turquoise shared a video on social media

She did not specify when Lauren passed away or the cause of death 

By Heidi Parker For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:51, 1 August 2021 | Updated: 13:54, 2 August 2021

Fetty Wap’s daughter Lauren, four, has died.

The news was shared on Sunday by Lauren’s mother Turquoise Miami, who did not state a cause of death. Turquoise – whose real name is Lisa shared her daughter with Fetty, a 30-year-old rapper from New Jersey who is best known for his hit songs Trap Queen and My Way. The rapper whose birth name is Willie Junior Maxwell reportedly has a total of six children by five different mothers: Their names are Aydin, 10, Zaviera, 6, Khari, 5, Amani, 5, and Zy, born in 2018. Lauren is Fetty’s fifth child. There had been claims as far back as a month ago that Lauren had died. But it was not confirmed until this weekend when the mother shared a video to social media.  She did not specify when Lauren passed away or the cause of death.   ‘This is my amazing, beautiful, funny, vibrant, loving, talented, smart and hardheaded princess mermaid Aquarius,’ she wrote as the child was seen in a swimming pool.’If you see this post scrolling by with her comment or just say to yourself “I love you LAUREN” because they say that souls can feel your love #rip.’ 

Turquoise’s post comes after Fetty seemed to acknowledge the death following his performance on Sunday in Miami.  After performing at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival he posted on his  story: ‘LoLo daddy did that s**t for you last night baby girl.’  

In the past Turquoise has said that Fetty did not help her with Lauren.  ‘Y’all I’m finna book this flight so I can personally ask this n**** when he plans to pay child support or get his daughter cause it’s been two years and I’m curious,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘I am no longer going to beg a n**** to be a dad to do all the things a dad is supposed to do,’ she added. ‘I keep calling ya phone and you won’t pick tf up and that s**t never ring 3 times now it’s straight to vm I love you lil bro I really thought I could get you out before I ever had to make a post like this lil bro like wtf,’ he continued.

In his Instagram Stories, Fetty told his friends and fans to ‘Stop asking me am I ok.’

‘No TF I’m not Ok,’ he wrote.

‘I done lost so many n****s that s**t was almost starting to feel normal but my lil brother man,’ he continued in a second text post.

‘It feel like 2017 all over again this same feeling I know ya slogan “don’t cry for me slide for me” I just don’t know what ima tell my nephew when he ask me why I ain’t make sure you was ok …’

Depew, 26, was shot in the chest around 9 p.m. on Thursday night and driven by another man to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, according to the South Passaic Daily Voice. He died just a few hours later. It is currently unclear if any suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder. Depew was the 22nd person killed by gunfire in Paterson so far this year.  Back in 2016, Fetty spoke about caring for his family in a chat with Trevor Noah for Interview magazine. ‘After the years of me trying to figure out what I wanted to do with myself, I knew I had to go back and fix some things. I can’t just be super-rich or whatever and not do the right thing,’ he said.

The Trap Queen rapper said that included watching out for ‘My mom, my father, my little sisters, and my brother…’ 

‘I don’t got that much family,’ he added.  

‘I’m not really a family person. I just do my own thing. But I’ve just been spending time with my mom, especially since the [September motorcycle] accident happened,’ he continued.

‘I drive all the way down there to Georgia just to check up on her. You just get tired of being that person that you thought you were. I don’t feel no different. I see the music, because I made it. I don’t really see the fame.’

Family seemed to be his primary concern, and he said that fame ‘doesn’t mean anything to me.’

‘My plan was to make sure that my son would be good, and I have a daughter now, so now she’s included into the equation, and the work I do as Fetty Wap made me care,’ he said. ‘I don’t care about being Fetty Wap.’  

Nepalese care worker, 24, who gave birth to secret baby girl in darkness behind a Hampshire park tree, killed her by crushing her skull and abandoned the body is spared jail after court heard she felt ‘intolerable’ shame for being an unwed mother

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Nepalese care worker, 24, who gave birth to secret baby girl in darkness behind a Hampshire park tree, killed her by crushing her skull and abandoned the body is spared jail after court heard she felt ‘intolerable’ shame for being an unwed mother

  • Babita Rai crushed her newborn baby’s skull and left body by a tree in a park 
  • The 24-year-old inflicted ‘deliberate’ repeated blows to the head of the baby
  • A gardener discovered the baby’s body in the park in Aldershot four days later 
  • Rai was cleared of murder but guilty of infanticide at Winchester Crown Court 
  • Rai was told she was ‘free to leave’ after spending more than a year in custody

By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 12:23, 26 July 2021 | Updated: 13:15, 26 July 2021

A 24-year-old care worker who killed her newborn baby was spared jail today despite shattering the little girl’s skull shortly after birth and leaving the body in a park until she was found four days later. Babita Rai, 24, inflicted ‘dreadful’ injuries on her newborn baby after dark and then ‘left her for dead’ next to a tree in Aldershot, Hampshire, in 2017.  She was cleared of murder by a jury following a two week trial having been hunted by police for at least three years after the baby’s death, before her arrest in 2020. Jurors today heard Rai 20 at the time was around six months pregnant when she entered the country from Nepal but concealed it from border officials, her GP, and colleagues at a restaurant she worked at because of the ‘shame’ surrounding births out of wedlock in her home country. She was convicted of infanticide in May and today after spending more than a year in custody since her initial arrest Rai was told she was ‘free to leave’ by a judge at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire. She was ordered to undertake two years of community work and rehabilitation activity for 30 days.  The crime of infanticide was introduced in England in the 1920s to ensure women who killed their children in their first year would not be charged with murder, and therefore sentenced to death. It applies if the mother is found to have mental health arising from giving birth or a disorder from giving birth. Rai crushed the tiny infant’s skull after giving birth besides a tree and dumped her body in a park within hours of giving birth. The 24 year old was said to have given her daughter ‘deliberate’ repeated blows to the head immediately after her labour, causing ‘significant’ and fatal fractures. A gardener trimming shrubs at the edge of the public park made the horrific discovery in undergrowth some four days later, initially believing the dead baby’s body to be a ‘child’s doll’.  The Honourable Mr Justice Johnson said Rai who did not have a partner was under ‘intolerable pressure’ as her Nepali family would have regarded the baby as a ‘curse not a blessing’. During her trial earlier this year the court heard Rai 20 at the time was around six months pregnant when she entered the country from Nepal in February 2017 but concealed it from border officials, her GP, and colleagues at a restaurant she worked at. The court heard the baby was born alive at 35 weeks gestation on the night of May 15 2017, weighing 4lbs 12oz. Her dead body was found in Manor Park in Aldershot, Hants, the town where Rai was living. In his opening, prosecutor Adam Feest QC said: ‘Within a very short time of birth, the baby suffered multiple fractures to her skull with associated internal bleeding and brain swelling. ‘Expert evidence indicates these were the result of multiple blunt force impacts and or significant crush injuries. Howsoever caused, they were deliberately inflicted injuries and could not have been sustained by the baby accidentally, either during the process of labour, even a traumatic one, or afterwards, for example the baby falling on the floor. The baby girl survived the injuries for perhaps between two and 12 hours, the likelihood being closer to two than 12. Expert evidence suggests when she died she was less than six hours old. The jury was told the petite kitchen worker could have been helped by another person in inflicting the injuries on ‘Baby M’, in what may have been a ‘joint enterprise’.

Rai had denied charges of murder and infanticide at her trial. Michael Turner QC, defending, said she was suffering from PTSD at the time and has no memory of the incident. He said: ‘A lack of memory goes hand in hand with someone whose balance of mind was disturbed. She can’t plead guilty to something she can’t remember but she’s not shirking away from her responsibilities.’

Judge Johnson described Rai as ‘a young woman living in a patriarchal society in Nepal’ but when she came to give birth ‘the psychological trauma’ from which she had been suffering ‘came to a head’. No longer could you deny the newborn living baby girl,’ he said. You or very possible a person you were with inflicted dreadful injuries on that baby girl. She was left for dead and she died. ‘So far as you were concerned, the balance of your mind was disturbed. You are a woman of good character. This offence was committed when you were under the must intolerable pressure.'[You were] living in a country that was not your home where you did not speak the language, where you were unable to access the services that are there to assist pregnant women and new mothers, and were wholly dependent on your family for whom this baby would have been regarded as a curse and not a blessing. ‘The offence of infanticide recognises that the criminal responsibility of a mother in these circumstances is often very greatly reduced.’Mr Feest QC said following the incident a large investigation and public enquiry began, but Rai ‘made no response’ to any of the enquiries and never sought medical or police help in relation to the birth and death. Subsequent investigations and DNA evidence later revealed Rai to be the mother but following her arrest in March 2020 she gave a ‘no comment’ interview. Grainy CCTV from 11pm to midnight on the night of May 15 was shown to jurors, showing two people walking around the vicinity of the birth site. One member of the public recalled seeing a small Asian woman around 10.40pm that night looking ‘dishevelled’, ’embarrassed he had seen her’, and ‘appearing to wish to remain out of sight’. The child was given the name Baby M by police. The 4ft 10ins Rai, who is Nepalese, was found guilty of infanticide by a jury on May 5 this year. She will pay a statutory charge of £85, will be under a community order of two years and undertake rehabilitation activities for 30 days after remaining in custody for two years 40 days.

What is infanticide and how is it applied in the UK courts?

Infanticide was introduced in the United Kingdom in the 1920s. It allows for mothers who kill their children not to be sentenced with murder, if they are found to be suffering a disturbed mind. Those mental health issues must arise from giving birth or a disorder from giving birth and the crime must be committed in the child’s first year. Infanticide cases in the UK are very rare.  The law describes the crime as: ‘Where a woman by any wilful act or omission causes the death of her child being a child under the age of twelve months, but at the time of the act or omission the balance of her mind was disturbed by reason of her not having fully recovered from the effect of giving birth to the child or by reason of the effect of lactation consequent upon the birth of the child.’ 

One recent case was of Natasha Sultan, a young mother from Hull, was given a three-year supervision order in 2015 for killing her five-week-old daughter in an ‘explosion of violence’. The judge said she was an ‘utterly broken woman’ and ‘the burden [of her actions] would never be lifted’.  

Child dies after horror crash with car in upmarket housing estate during first days of school summer holidays

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Child dies after horror crash with car in upmarket housing estate during first days of school summer holidays

    Youngster hospitalised after crash in Ingleby Barwick, Stockon-on Tees on Friday
    At least 10 police cars, five ambulances and air ambulance attended the scene
    The child, whose identity has not been made public, died after horror collision

By Jacob Thorburn For Mailonline

Published: 13:49, 24 July 2021 | Updated: 14:18, 24 July 2021

A child has died after a collision with a car in an upmarket housing estate on the first days of the school summer holidays.  The youngster, whose identity has not yet been made public, was rushed to hospital after being involved in the horror crash in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on Tees on Friday July 23 at around 12.55pm.  The child was fighting for their life in nearby James Cook Hospital as at least 10 police vehicles and five ambulances rushed to the scene in Wellbrook Close.  The Great North Air Ambulance was also in attendance on Friday afternoon.

A statement from Cleveland Police read: ‘We can confirm that a child has sadly died following a report of a collision involving a vehicle and a child on Wellbrook Close in Ingleby Barwick at 12.55pm on Friday, July 23.  Ambulance service colleagues attended the scene and the child was taken to hospital.  Our thoughts remain with the family of the child at this extremely distressing time and they are being supported by officers.  ‘Enquiries are ongoing in relation to the collision.’

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Irish couple who never gave up on their missing son learn his remains were found 25 years ago

Denis Walsh Jr was reported missing in March 1996. His body washed up on Inis Mór weeks later, but was not identified until this week. (Garda Press Office)

BY: Rachael O’Connor
February 09, 2021

AN IRISH couple are facing unimaginable heartbreak after they learned their son who disappeared 25 years ago was found just weeks after his disappearance. Denis Walsh was 23 years old when he vanished in March 1996 after walking out of his home in Caherdavin, County Limerick. For the 25 years since, his parents, Mary and Denis Senior, have made multiple appeals for information about their son and have never given up hope in finding him, even travelling abroad after being tipped off to possible sightings. But in a heart wrenching twist, Mr and Mrs Walsh were visited by Gardaí over the weekend where they were told their son, Denis, had tragically been found dead years ago. Improvements in DNA testing had allowed Gardaí to confirm that a body which had washed up near Inis Mór a week after Denis disappeared was, in fact, their son. The remains which had been found off the Aran Islands had been brought to the Mortuary in University Hospital Galway, and had undergone DNA testing in 2008, 2011 and 2017 but yielded no matches in the Garda database. But on 5 February, following further advances in DNA testing, the body was confirmed to be that of Denis Walsh Jr after his parents both provided DNA samples to work with. His parents are shocked and heartbroken but also happy their son has been found and identified and they finally have some closure. They told The Irish Mirror that their son was remembered at his local church over the weekend and they are looking forward to finally bringing him home so that they can lay him to rest properly. His father, Denis Walsh Sr, told the outlet “We’re bewildered by the whole thing; we have suffered enormously for the past 25 years and I haven’t slept over the past three nights.”

He said the family still do not know where Denis’ remains are being kept, and questioned how his body was not identified using dental records when his remains were found just week after he was reported missing. “We have been going around for 25 years looking for Denis,” Mr Walsh continued.

“We went to Cork, Kerry, Dublin, Fermanagh, England. I’m happy Denis has been found.”

Footballer Ashley Cain’s daughter Azaylia has died aged eight months after heartbreaking battle with leukaemia

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Footballer Ashley Cain’s daughter Azaylia has died aged eight months after heartbreaking battle with leukaemia

  • Ashley and his girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee, 34, had documented Azaylia’s fight against leukaemia on social media, with more than 100,000 people joining the stem cell register
  • They launched a fundraising drive launched in her name raising more than £1million
  • Her story attracted global support – with Hollywood superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sending a video to Azaylia and her family 
  • The money was to fund a trip to Singapore for treatment but their baby girl became too unwell 
  • Brave Azaylia underwent four rounds of chemotherapy in her battle against the disease
  • Earlier this month, they took their baby girl home after doctors revealed there was no further treatment available when multiple tumours were discovered in her body
  • For help and support caring for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, please contact Together for Short Lives on 0808 8088 100 or visit www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk 

By Rianne Addo For Mailonline

Published: 12:24, 25 April 2021 | Updated: 13:47, 25 April 2021

Ashley Cain’s daughter Azaylia passed away aged eight months on Saturday after battling acute myeloid leukaemia for the majority of her life. The reality TV star, 30, confirmed the tragic news on social media on Sunday, writing: ‘Rest In Paradise Princess. I will always hold you in my heart until I can hold you again in heaven ❤️ #AzayliaDiamondCain.’

Former footballer Ashley and his girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee, 34, had been updating fans on their baby girl’s health condition since she was diagnosed with the rare form of blood cancer at just two months old.   The couple recently raised more than £1.5 million to fund a trip to Singapore for life-saving transplant, but their little one became too unwell and doctors discovered tumours throughout her body.  Azaylia who inspired her father’s powerful ‘let’s go champ’ message underwent four rounds of chemotherapy in her fight and was recently nominated for a Pride Of Britain Award by thousands of supporters around the world.  The ex Coventry City winger and the aesthetic practitioner uploaded similar images of themselves cradling their little one before she passed. Azaylia’s mother Safiyya shared two photos cuddling her beloved daughter, with the caption: ‘You are my Angel my heartbeat my soul, RIP my precious baby, you will always be with me like a handprint on my heart.’

Celebrities including Kate Ferdinand, Jacqueline Jossa and Malin Andersson sent their condolences to the grieving influencer and his family.  The ex Coventry City winger and the aesthetic practitioner uploaded similar images of themselves cradling their little one before she passed. Azaylia’s mother Safiyya shared two photos cuddling her beloved daughter, with the caption: ‘You are my Angel my heartbeat my soul, RIP my precious baby, you will always be with me like a handprint on my heart.’

Celebrities including Kate Ferdinand, Jacqueline Jossa and Malin Andersson sent their condolences to the grieving influencer and his family.  Her story attracted global support with Hollywood superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sending a video to Azaylia and her family.  On Friday, Safiyya had said she felt ‘blessed’ to have another day with Azaylia, telling her followers: ‘Azaylia had another turn. But she’s now rested and asleep and literally it makes your heart race with anxiety.’

Laying next to her poorly daughter, the doting mother continued: ‘But she gets through another day, blessed, my princess. And I feel so blessed. I am lucky to spend another day with you Azaylia. Every day is precious with you.’ 

The Ex On The Beach star told his fans his tot ‘stopped breathing’, became ‘stiff as a board’ and needed oxygen while they headed out for a walk.  In a lengthy caption, the social media star revealed his daughter needed the help of his palliative care nurses and oxygen after having a seizure.  He wrote: ‘We had our own little adventure today, even if it was just walking up and down the street. It was special!  I thought we’d make the most of the sun today and have a little walk, as nurses came and told us this morning, to make the most of this weekend as Azaylia is becoming very fragile.  Shortly after these photos were taken Azaylia had a seizure. Her eyes rolled back, she stopped breathing and her body went as stiff as a board. We put her on oxygen straight away and called for the oncall nurses.  After a few hours of close observation we managed to settle her. This has happened a few times now, but it never gets any easier.  Yet she continues to battle through! Your determination inspires me. You impress me each and every day. I’m so proud of you. I can’t imagine my life without you. I have faith in you. My Champion. My Hero. I love you.’

Later, Ashley also shared a video of his daughter settled next to him in the living room, writing: ‘Another scary moment with the oncall nurses out.  Now she’s settled and sleeping again. Her strength to keep bouncing back is incredible! I ain’t got no plans of this little one going anywhere this weekend.’  

He said: ‘The palliative care team told us to make the most of the weekend and you understand what that message means the fact of the matter is we make the most of her everyday, we make the most of everyday. I tell you what, I got no plans for her going anywhere this weekend. I’m an optimist. I’m a believer. I’ve got a positive mind frame and I know her strength. I know mine. I ain’t thinking them things because I don’t have to be told to make a special effort to enjoy her because I enjoy her every day. I ain’t got no plans of this little one going anywhere this weekend, trust me. Let’s go champ, the things you have to do.’ 

The father revealed her temperature spiked shortly after a hospital trip, before happening again when they reached home causing a nursing team to monitor her until 1am.  Ashley admitted ‘there’s a lot you don’t see’ as he detailed the recent ordeal in an Instagram clip on Thursday during a 5k run after feeling ‘pain, stress and depression. The former sportsman explained: ‘Yesterday we got into hospital, got our platelets done and managed to sort her NG tube out, thankfully.  Then just as we were getting back into the car she had a spike in temperature and a seizure, her eyes were rolling, she was hot, she wasn’t breathing.  We had to get her on the oxygen straight away she settled then when we got home it happened again and we ended up having a nurse from the palliative care team at our house until 1am.’

On how Azaylia’s condition is affecting his mental health, the TV star went on: ‘It’s difficult, man there’s a lot you don’t see, there’s a lot you wouldn’t want to see.  It’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no breaks, but it’s all worth it because guess what? She woke up again this morning. All the hard work we’re putting in now, it’s worth it in the end to get that little smile, her eyes opening – it’s amazing.  It’s been months, but the last few days especially I’ve woken up feeling pain, stress, depression, that’s been consuming my mind as well as my body stopping me from doing the things that were second nature to me, and I don’t like it.’ 

He added that his little one’s resilience was keeping him going as he added: ‘I’m going to get up, get out, and get at it getting out today in the hope that when I walk back in my house, I’m going to be the best me that I can be for my daughter. I can give her the energy, commitment, and positivity, and I can help carry this ship to where it’s gonna be. Let’s go champ, we’re still in the game.’ 

For help and support caring for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, please contact Together for Short Lives on 0808 8088 100 or visit www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk. 

Ashley Cain’s fundraiser for daughter Azaylia’s leukaemia treatment – who donated?

PrettyLittleThing founder Umar Kamani – £20,000

InTheStyle’s Adam Frisby – £10,000

Chet Johnson (Faded Clothing) – £10,000

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw –  £5,000

Mrs Hinch – £3,000 

Kate and Rio Ferdinand – £1,000

Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague – £1,000 

Love Island star Maura Higgins -£1,000 

Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed – £1,000 

Watford forward Andre Gray – £1,000

Nottingham Forest defender Cyrus Christie – £1,000 

West Bromwich Albion’s Robert Snodgrass – £1,000

Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden – £1,000

Ex On The Bea

What are the symptoms of leukaemia in children?

Fatigue and pale skin – this is because leukaemia can cause anaemia which makes a child feel weak, tired and light-headed.

Infections and fever – children with leukaemia lack normal white blood cells which would normally help fight infection.

Rash – children may have small, dark spots that look like common rashes if the leukemia cells spread to the skin   

Easy bruising or bleeding – this includes frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums and bleeding a lot from small cuts.

Bone or joint pain – this is caused by a build up of leukaemia cells near the surface of the bone or inside the joint.

Swelling of the abdomen – leukaemia cells may collect in the liver and spleen causing them to enlarge.

Loss of appetite and weight loss – if the spleen and liver swell, they can press against the stomach causing loss of appetite.

Swollen lymph nodes – some leukaemias spread to the lymph nodes causing them to swell.

Source: American Cancer Society 

ch star Jemma Lucy – £1,000

JLS star Marvin Humes – £500 

Mum’s heartbreak as newborn baby ‘left to die’ by midwives in NHS hospital

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Mum’s heartbreak as newborn baby ‘left to die’ by midwives in NHS hospital

Bethany Lamming from Hull gave birth to Jensen but, despite being able to breathe for himself and able to cry, midwives refused to help him because he was born at 21 weeks gestationShare

ByJoanna Lovell & Bradley JollyDigital journalist

  • 09:06, 3 APR 2021
  • Updated14:17, 4 APR 2021

A young mum was left heartbroken after her newborn baby was “left to die” without any medical help in hospital. Bethany Lamming gave birth to Jensen but, despite being able to breath for himself and able to cry, midwives refused to help him because he was born at 21 weeks gestation. Ms Lamming, 21, was told “I’m really sorry, we can’t do anything for your baby.”

As Hull Live reports, the mother watched her son die in her arms. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said it adheres strictly to national guidance issued by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine which advises it is “not appropriate” to attempt to resuscitate babies born before 22 weeks. Survival for babies born before 22 weeks is not considered possible because the lungs are usually not developed, even though Jensen was breathing for himself and cried. The Trust has since completed a Serious Incident (SI) investigation which found failings by midwives, but concluded even without those failings, the outcome for baby Jensen would still have been the same. But Ms Lamming, from Hornsea, East Yorkshire, said: “He was crying and breathing. His eyes were still fused shut, but other than that he was a normal baby with five fingers on each hand, ten toes, he was perfect. He had eyelashes and eyebrows, proper facial features, he had black hair, and was responsive. He was really tall, length wise he was the size of a 24 week plus baby. The hardest thing was when he started to struggle for breathe, he did take his last breathes in my arms. I just didn’t understand how they could just not help him, every time I looked at him I didn’t understand, it felt like he wasn’t as important as other babies.”

Due to the only bereavement suite on the maternity ward at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital being in use when Ms Lamming gave birth in November 2020, her and partner Marcus Ford stayed on a labour ward where they could hear other babies crying as they said their final goodbyes to Jensen. The couples distress was prolonged when midwives failed to record Jensen as a “live” birth and neonatal death, and instead recorded him as a stillbirth, something which was later picked up by the coroner and almost delayed his funeral. This failure was highlighted in the SI investigation, as was the midwives’ failure to properly inform the couple of the expected outcome for Jensen when he was born. Ms Lamming added: “As soon as he was born the first thing the midwife said to me was ‘just remember, because he’s before 24 weeks, we can’t do anything’. When I gave birth and he cried straight away the second midwife said ‘I don’t know what to do’, and that now repeats in my head. It was not just traumatic for us, but for the midwives also I think. It wasn’t the staff, it was the system, you could tell that they wanted to do something but they didn’t.”

The investigation states: “The panel conclude that there was a missed opportunity for an open and honest conversation to have taken place between a clinician and Bethany and her partner.

“They should have been sensitively informed of the expected outcome (survival) for Jensen and a decision about palliative care which should have been made together.

“The panel concluded that staff failed to adequately acknowledge that Jensen was born showing signs of life and was therefore a neonatal death.”

Ms Lamming said the report, which was published this week, gives her no closure and still leaves her with many unanswered questions.

She added: “Their report says ‘yes we’ve not followed protocol but even if we had, the same thing would have happened, I feel like that’s disgusting, even though they made all these mistakes they still left a living, crying breathing baby to die.

“It shouldn’t be on gestational stage, if he showed life signs surely it should be on whether your child has capability to survive. He breathed and gave life, surely any child who breathes and shows life deserves a chance?

“I think I could accept a lot more if he had not breathed and cried, surely any baby showing signs of life deserves a chance, that’s all I think.

“It shouldn’t have been the hospital’s choice to decide whether he deserves that chance to live. It should have been ours.

“I have since been told that even if he did survive there was only a 2 per cent chance he wouldn’t be handicapped but that’s not their choice, I’d rather have given him the chance then him being treated like he wasn’t even a person.”

Ms Lamming says she would like to campaign for policies to be changed, and has now set up a petition to save the lives of babies born before 22 weeks. You can sign the petition here. She added: “In the cases of a child born before 22 weeks of pregnancy the child is offered no medical treatment or assistance and is passed to the parents for skin to skin contact and to pass naturally in their arms, in some cases this can be minutes in others it can be hours. Our son deserved a chance at life and so does any child born showing signs of life. Every child is entitled to life. It doesn’t matter whether he would be handicapped, that child was still loved, wanted and very much part of our family and anyone else in that situation would want medical help for their child too.”

A spokeswoman for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says: “The circumstances surrounding the loss of baby Jensen are incredibly sad and we would like to offer our sincere condolences to Ms Lamming and her family. The trust has completed a Serious Incident (SI) investigation and has recently met with Ms Lamming to share and explain the findings. The investigation found that while certain aspects of communication between staff and the family could have been more effective, they did not lead to any adverse clinical impact and sadly the outcome for baby Jensen would still have been the same. “In response to the report findings, we have committed to a number of actions to improve communication and minimise the likelihood of the issues seen in this case being repeated.”

The trust says the actions include a review of procedures in respect of extremely premature babies, more specific training for staff and the development of information resources for families of babies born earlier than 27 weeks’ gestation.