Mrs Oluremi Adeleye, 73, whose actions led to the death of an 8-month-old baby in Maryland, United States, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Adeleye was found guilty in a bench trial in February of child abuse and second-degree murder.
The US 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. Prosecutors said Adeleye 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.
“Adeleye poured eight ounces of milk down the child’s throat in less than 30 seconds, essentially drowning her. 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. After the baby became unresponsive, Adeleye called the baby’s father, who dialled 911 as he raced home. Enita Salubi was rushed to a hospital, where she died,” the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
The defence had argued that force-feeding was a common practice in Nigeria from where Adeleke came from. The presiding 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.
Campusaga snooped in southwestern Nigeria to know if forced feeding is a culture as the defence argued. A number of women and men spoke to Campusaga, and none agreed it is a Yoruba Culture. Mrs Olabisi who spoke to Campusaga said, “It can never be a Yoruba culture and I don’t think it is a culture anywhere in the world to suffocate a child to death through feeding.”