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Mother and father jailed for killing their baby son

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The three-month-old baby had 38 separate rib fractures, bruising to his head, shoulder, back and burns to his left leg, injuries to his limbs, eyes and neck

Pathologist described the injuries as “similar to those usually seen in a car crash or a fall from a great height.”

A mother and father have been jailed for their involvement in the death of their baby son.

Rifat Mohammed was only three-months-old when he died, but he had suffered multiple injuries during his life

His father Mohammed Miah, 38 was sentenced at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 18 years, for murder and seven years’ imprisonment for allowing injury to a child - to run concurrently.

The baby's mother, Rebeka Nazmin, 32 was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for allowing the death of a child and three years’ imprisonment for allowing injury to a child - to run concurrently.

They were both found guilty at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 28th March.

Nazmin was found not guilty of murder.

The court heard how on Monday, 4 July 2016 at 08:30hrs the London Ambulance Service received a call to the family home in St Leonard's Road, Poplar.

Nazmin called 999 stating that her baby was unresponsive and not breathing. She gave an explanation that the baby had vomited the day before and had been poorly since.

When paramedics arrived she directed them towards a bedroom, where they discovered Rifat apparently lifeless on the floor.

Paramedics gave immediate first aid and the baby was rushed to hospital. The paramedics, and other medical staff, recorded seeing signs of burning and bruising on Rifat's body.

Suspicious of the injuries, the medical staff alerted police.

That same day, Nazmin was arrested at the hospital, where she had gone with baby Rifat, and officers went to the family home and arrested Miah.

Both parents were arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Both were taken to a police station and subsequently charged with committing GBH with intent and three counts of child cruelty.

They were kept in custody to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on the morning of Tuesday, 5 July. The next day, Wednesday, 6 July, Rifat died.

A post mortem examination found Rifat had suffered a head injury, which had starved his brain of oxygen.

It also showed he had 38 separate rib fractures - some still in the process of healing, bruising to his head, shoulder, back and burns to his left leg.

He also had injuries to his limbs, eyes and neck. The pathologist described the injuries as similar to those usually seen in a car crash or a fall from a great height.

The investigation was taken over by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command and both parents were subsequently charged with their child's murder and allowing the death of a child.

When interviewed Miah placed the blame elsewhere and said the burn to the baby's leg may have come from a radiator.

Nazmin blamed her husband, saying he was rough with Rifat. She could not account for the multiple injuries the baby had suffered.

However they were both convicted as above following the trial.

Detective Inspector Ken Hughes of Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "We may never know why a mother and father inflicted such terrible injuries on their own small baby. Even if we had that knowledge, I am not sure we could ever understand.

“This baby should have been protected and loved; instead he lived with hurt, indifference and brutality. I am glad that these two have been called to account for their actions and now face the consequences of their cruelty.

"While nothing can mitigate the consequences of this dreadful crime, I would ask any parents struggling to manage to understand that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of. Early intervention can help a family cope and organisations and charities, such as the NSPCC, will offer both advice and support."

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Are you putting your baby to sleep right?

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CRUCIAL: Getting the correct position for your baby can prevent SIDS.

CRUCIAL: Getting the correct position for your baby can prevent SIDS.

 

New survey shows 68% of parents do NOT know correct protocol to ensure safe sleep

A recent survey by the Lullaby Trust charity, which raises funds and awareness to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) has uncovered that 68% of parents are unsure of the basic steps they can take to help protect their baby and lower the risk of SIDS.

SIDS is often referred to as cot death and occurs when a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly, with the cause of death being unclear even after a postmortem has been carried out.

The Lullaby Trust released the shocking statistics in order to give parents better advice and to bring the matter to the attention of the public as even today, around 250 babies die from SIDS per year in the UK.  The charity have since released a series of top tips as a result of this research and Asian Express have shared them for you to learn:

1: ALWAYS place your baby to sleep on their back

This advice should be followed unless your doctor has advised you of a medical reason to do otherwise. Babies should be sleeping on their back until they have the strength to turn themselves back over should they end up on their side or front. Once they can move themselves, they can be left to find a comfortable position, until that point if your baby rolls onto their side, they should be place back into the correct position.

2: Don’t let your baby sleep on your bed, or fall asleep on a sofa or armchair with you.

Sofa/bed sharing with your baby greatly increases the chance of SIDS. Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby either next to you or on your chest, even during the day.  Your baby should sleep in a cot or moses basket in the same room as your for 6 months, after which, they can be moved into their own room.

3: Don’t let your baby get too hot or cold.

You need to check your baby regularly to see if he or she is too hot. Look for sweating or feel the baby’s tummy – your baby’s hands and feet will usually be cooler, which is normal. If your baby is hot, remove one or more layers of bedclothes. Babies who are unwell need fewer, not more bedclothes. Babies do not need to wear hats indoors unless medically recommended.  A room temperature of 16-20o C, with light bedding or a lightweight well-fitting baby sleep bag, is comfortable and safe for sleeping babies.

4: Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress.

You should avoid using soft or bulky bedding (such as quilts, pillows and duvets) as these increase the chance of SIDS.  You should sleep your baby on a firm, flat mattress that is clean and in good condition. A mattress with a waterproof cover will help you keep it clean and dry. Your baby should be sleeping on their back in the ‘feet to foot’ position – this is where the baby’s feet are placed at the foot of the cot – so they can’t wriggle down under the blanket.

5: Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

The use of loose bedding which can cover your baby’s face or head can be dangerous and can increase the chance of SIDS. Use blankets which are firmly tucked in, no higher than the baby’s shoulders or baby sleeping bag.

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Daddy Imran Khan

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imran-khan-and-avantika-malikBollywood actor Imran Khan and his wife Avantika Malik announced the healthy arrival of their baby girl on June 9th at a hospital in Mumbai.

Imran Khan, who tied the knot with Avantika in 2011 after dating her for 10 years, is very excited about his new role as a father.

Imran's maternal uncle Aamir Khan had gone on record to say that the family is very excited about the new arrival.

The couple had announced that they were expecting their first child in December 2013.

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