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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Nigerian nanny sentenced to 15 years in death of baby she force-fed

A Nigerian former nanny — convicted in February, 2019, of killing an 8-month-old baby girl, Enitan Salubi, in 2016 — was sentenced Friday in Prince George’s County, U.S

Authorities say Oluremi Adeleye, 73, was captured on home video unscrewing the lid of Enitan’s bottle and pouring around eight ounces of milk down her throat in less than 30 seconds, “essentially drowning her” in October 2016.

The video also shows the baby going limp and Adeleye rocking her. Adeleye was found guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree and second-degree child abuse.

She was sentenced to 40 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended in addition to five years supervised probation upon release.

The convict testified in her own defense at her trial. She said she was “cup-feeding” the baby to ensure it didn’t go hungry, a custom in Nigeria.

Adeleye had others testify in her defense, saying that cup-feeding — pouring liquid in one’s hand to feed children when they do not want to eat but need to be fed — was common in Nigeria.

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