Mother guilty of manslaughter

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Nosheen Arshed convicted over death of 13-week-old son Mohammed Zaid

A WOMAN has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a three-month-old child at Luton Crown Court today.

Nosheen Arshed, 25 of Beechwood Road, Luton was charged with the murder of her 13-week-old son, Mohammed Zaid.

Baby Mohammed died on November 1, 2007 at Addenbrookes Hospital. A post mortem at the time showed the cause of death was the result of a head injury.

During the trial the jury had been directed by the Judge to use the charge of manslaughter and acquit Arshed of the murder charge because experts called by the prosecution had been unable to agree on the degree of force necessary to cause death by shaking.

Sentencing will take place at Luton Crown Court next month.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Alan Postawa, of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Officers from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit have thoroughly investigated the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of baby Mohammed and have presented multiple expert witnesses to ensure all possible evidence could be placed before the jury to allow them to make a decision.

“The jury have concluded that Mohammed died of a non accidental injury and our sympathies and thoughts go out to Mohammed’s family.”

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