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A Nigerian grandma whose actions led to the death of an 8-month-old baby in the U.S state of Maryland, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Oluremi Adeleye, 73, broke down crying in court as she spoke through an interpreter, saying, “It was a mistake” and “I didn’t want to kill that child.”

Adeleye was found guilty in a bench trial in February of child abuse and second-degree murder. U.S Prosecutors said Adeleye forced milk down the throat of 8-month-old Enita Salubi in Glenarden in October 2016, suffocating the child. The incident was captured on a nanny camera.

The defense had argued that force-feeding was a common practice in  Nigeria from where Adeleke came from.

Judge Karen Mason said while she did not believe Adeleye was an “evil-intentioned baby slayer,” Adeleye knew or should have known her actions could result in the death of the child.

Prosecutors said that Oluremi Oyindasola Adeleye, 73, was a live-in nanny at a couple’s home in Prince George’s County when one 8-month-old Enita Salubi died on Oct. 26, 2016.

Adeleye was asleep on a couch inside the house when the baby, who was in a walker, began crying and woke the nanny, police said.

Police said a video surveillance camera shows the nanny tried to feed the baby, but without success. Adeleye then pulled the baby from her walker, removed the nipple from her bottle and forcefully fed her, police said.

Adeleye poured “eight ounces of milk down the child’s throat in less than 30 seconds, essentially drowning her,” the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a release.

The baby appeared to squirm and resist while being fed the first bottle, and then Adeleye forced the contents of a second bottle into her mouth, documents said.

After the baby became unresponsive, Adeleye called the baby’s father, who dialed 911 as he raced home.

Enita Salubi was rushed to a hospital, where she died.

Clifton Wanzer, a neighbor, said he saw the little girl’s father carry her to an ambulance.

She was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Speaking with Per Second News, Susan Jeremy, a child expert based in Washington said Forced feeding is a widespread childcare practice in Yoruba culture. Oluremi Adeleke is a Yoruba woman.  The practice is learnt by females through socialization process, and practiced as an expected role of a responsible mother. The desire to feed children forces women to engage in forced feeding practice.

” Just like the judge said Mrs Adeleye did not intend to kill the baby, its unfortunate the baby died from the incident, I didn’t expect the sentencing, thought the Embassy of Nigeria, should have also added their voice and try to get a light sentencing for her, she said.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It is unfortunate but a lesson for other mothers who turn their baby upside down and force food through their mouth. In Nigeria, the site is sympathetic for the helpless baby. Mothers should be oriented against this method of feeding baby because of its deadly consequences.

  2. Oh dear! Poor woman. Force feeding is indeed an ancient, but common practice in Nigeria. Mrs Adeleye probably did the same to her children and grand children and she probably never intended to kill the baby.

  3. Infact it is a babaric act! I hate it! It is too risky! When the baby is hungary, she or he will eat! Another way to look at it is that the baby may not like the particular food! Then try another one rather than forcing!

  4. I know this woman to be a very responsible woman and it hurts deep inside of me to see her being sentenced. I hope she

  5. The baby probably need the nanny’s attention at that moment rather than graping the feeding bottled milk and forced it down the baby’s mouth. And if the baby refuse her bottle, that means he or she is not hungry, baby will always eat when they’re hungry.ls a pitty the nanny has to face the consequence. even though she didn’t meant to kill the baby But is a great lesson or other nanny .Very sad.

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