A Brent mum has been jailed for causing the death of her 11-month-old baby after housing her in unsanitary conditions and failing to get medical help when she fell ill. In the room where baby Nafahat Diini was found dead, there was human excrement strewn on the walls and windows and a broken bed covered in urine.
Fartun Jamal, 25, was jailed for five years and six months today (April 29) at Harrow Crown Court. Jamal, of Kingfisher Way, Brent, had left his home in such an unfit condition that he caused the death of his baby. Nafahat’s autopsy revealed that the cause of death was respiratory tract infection from bronchitis complicated by pneumonia.
Officers said the house itself smelled strongly of urine and there was little to no food found anywhere on the property other than a container filled with frozen pasta that served as an ashtray. Jamal also put his social life ahead of his child’s and was partying days before his baby died.
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Detective Chief Inspector Madeline Ryder, the lead investigator, said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic case which has resulted in the needless death of an innocent baby. The death of a child is an investigation that no police officer wishes to undertake. All officers and staff who participated in the investigation were deeply touched. The investigative team, led by Detective Sergeant John Martin, worked tirelessly to secure justice for Nafahat.
“No child should have to suffer like this. Baby Nafahat was just 11 months old when she died in squalid conditions, surrounded by walls covered in excrement. She died of a treatable illness. if Jamal had bothered to see a doctor. What is even more heartbreaking is that her GP’s practice was less than 70 meters from where she died and could be seen from Nafahat’s bedroom window, so help was at hand.”
She added: “For the vast majority of parents, caring for, protecting and nurturing their children is their top priority. However, Jamal was partying days before Nafahat’s death and had clearly placed his social life above his baby’s basic needs. There is no sentence long enough to justify the death of a baby, however, I am satisfied with the outcome of today’s sentencing. We hope this brings some comfort to Nafahat’s remaining family. »
Jamal was jailed for causing the death of her 11-month-old baby as well as three counts of child cruelty following the trial. Officers initially arrested Jamal on suspicion of negligence and at the time she did not answer any questions. Detectives then worked around the clock to obtain evidence of the negligence.
In Jamal’s room, officers found mouse droppings on his mattress and human droppings on the walls and several of the rooms contained carrier bags filled with dirty nappies and plates of rotten food. The only items in the fridge were two nearly empty milk bottles. In the broken freezer was a carton of melted ice cream.
Jamal told officers that she had offered Nafahat formula milk earlier in the morning, but had refused it. However, officers found no formula in the apartment. There were no photos of Nafahat on the property and no toys were found. The doctor who pronounced Nafahat dead told officers it was a case of negligence.
Matt is a trainee journalist specializing in LGBT+ issues, including speaking to LGBTQ+ activist Peter Tatchell ahead of the 50th anniversary of UK Gay Pride, an interview with a former Lieutenant Commander who was forced to keep his secret sexuality in the armed forces. for 20 years who lost his partner to AIDS two days before leaving the Navy, and speaking to the founder of The Gay Men’s Dance Company, which offers pole dancing lessons, among other things.
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