A nurse was convicted today of force feeding her 10-month-old baby girl through the spout of a jug until she choked to death.Or the first actually discovered and prosecuted?
It is thought to be the first force feeding baby death in Britain.
The mother can be named as Gloria Dwomoh, 31, after the judge lifted a court order to protect her anonymity… The father of the baby, who cannot be identified, was cleared of the same charge.Odd, why should he too not be named, despite his acquittal? Is it because he has other children, with other women?
And anyone wondering why this case evokes the shade of Victoria Climbié, look no further:
St Thomas' Hospital nurse Dwomoh, of Waltham Forest, had been warned about her feeding method by doctors and social services but insisted it was safe and totally acceptable in her home country of Ghana.And so, despite this startling lack of perception on the part of a nurse, the SS immediately backed off.
‘Oooooh, no, not touching this one, we might get accused of failing to respect her culture!’.
Andrew Edis, QC, prosecuting, told the jury that the spout of the jug was placed into the baby's mouth to prevent her from closing it. "The mother was a nurse who ought to have an extra degree of insight," said the QC.I bet Andrew hasn’t been in many NHS hospitals lately, or he’d know why that sentence is grimly unfunny…
Of course, they’ve already held the
The serious case review of the Baby Diamond tragedy has made 18 key finding and identified failings in agencies which dealt with the family and areas which needed immediate improvement.And pretty much every one of them is remarkably similar to the ‘lessons learned’ (supposedly) in both the Climbié and Baby Peter cases…
"Significant shortcomings" in child protection enquiries by staff from an Islington hospital, Waltham Forest children's social care and the Met Police's child abuse investigation team.Check!
Weaknesses in agencies' recording systems including the lack of "alert" systems and case summary in GP records and shortcomings in the transfer to electronic records.Check!
"Concern" about the GP's role and ability to provide a holistic assessment. Social workers were inexperienced in dealing with force feeding.Che…
Wait. What? Why should ‘inexperience’ in the particular form of abuse matter?
They had difficulty in understanding Diamond's father's English.Oh, FFS..!!!
There must be a co-ordinated response from health practitioners, including sharing information, collective analysis and decision making.Yeah, I’m getting that déjà vu sense again…
Using family as interpreters in child protection inquiries should be avoided.…
No s**t, Sherlock!
Still, we can no doubt look forward to the inevitable excuses about social workers terrified of interfering in ‘immigrant cultural norms’, the inevitable uselessness and unworkability of these recommendations and – should anyone actually get the sack, which is pretty unlikely – their appearance in a newspaper whinging about being a scapegoat.
I wonder which idiot Tory is lining up to be 2011’s Ed Balls in this unsavoury affair?