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Tower Hamlets begins case study to learn lessons after tragedy of baby killed by mum

PUBLISHED: 18:21 09 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:21 09 April 2014

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A serious case review has been started by Tower Hamlets council after the tragic death of a four-month-old baby girl in London’s East End killed by her teenage mum.

It follows Monday’s court appearence when 19-year-old Iman Hamza Dean Wyse admitted the manslaughter of baby Amani Abdi at her home in Mile End.

She also pleaded guilty to charges of child cruelty to two other children when she appeared at Snaresbrook crown court.

The baby was taken to hospital from their home at Ackroyd Drive, off Burdett Road, at 5.30pm on October 4, but was pronounced dead 15 minutes later. A post-mortem found cause of death to be severe acute malnutrition and dehydration.

The case review is now under way following the tragedy, the local authority revealed today.

“Her other children are being well cared for,” said a Town Hall spokeman. “A serious case review is being conducted as is standard practice in such instances, to see what lessons can be learned.

“Everyone at the council was deeply saddened to hear of this most tragic of developments in this young woman’s life.

“Despite the difficulties she had been through, she was coping well with motherhood until very shortly before the death of her baby.”

The review is due to be completed in the summer.

The British-born mother had gone through the ordeal of a forced marriage in Somalia when she was 13 and returned after escaping with her children, it emerged during the court hearing.

But the infant death caused shock waves at Tower Hamlets’ Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Its chair, Sarah Baker, said: “The circumstances of this baby’s death are tragic and our sympathies are extended to the wider family and surviving siblings.

“The serious case review will help all the agencies understand what might have been done to prevent this terrible tragedy.”

Opposition councillors earlier today called for “lessons to be learned” from the tragedy.

Labour deputy leader Rachael Saunders said: “I will be speaking to Town Hall directors to make sure we learn the lessons of this heartbreaking case to prevent anything like it happening again.

“It is desperately sad to even think about what this child suffered.

“We will be working with local agencies to support the community at this troubled time.”

Baby Amani’s death was investigated by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Her mum, then aged 18, was arrested on October 4, the day the baby was rushed to hospital, and was later charged with manslaughter. She is being sentenced on May 30.

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