‘Lessons must be learned’ warns Tower Hamlets councillor after mum admits killing baby

Tower Hamlets councillor Rachael Saunders

Tower Hamlets councillor Rachael Saunders - Credit: Archant

Lessons must be learned from the tragedy of the four-month-old baby girl killed in London’s East End by her teenage mum, councillors at Tower Hamlets urged today.

It follows the young mother-of-three who admitted manslaughter at her home in Mile End when she appeared in court on Monday.

The woman, 19-year-old Iman Hamza Dean Wyse, also admitted two charges of child cruelty to two other children when she appeared at Snaresbrook crown court.

Her baby, Amani Abdi, was taken to hospital from the family 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.

Tower Hamlets Labour Opposition Deputy Leader Rachael Saunders said: “I will be speaking to Town Hall directors to make sure everything is done so we learn the lessons of this heartbreaking case—to prevent anything like it happening again.

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

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“All our thoughts will be with the other children in the family. We will be working with local agencies to support the community at this troubled time.”

The local authority hasn’t said when it knew of the case or if social services were involved.

A Town Hall spokesman said: “This is a tragic case. It would not be appropriate for us to comment any further until the judicial process has been completed.”

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

The woman, then aged 18, was arrested on October 4, the day the baby was rushed to hospital, and later charged with her baby’s death. She is being sentenced on May 30.