Blackburn Couple Guilty over Tot death


Seven-month-old girl suffered 18 ‘horrendous injuries’

A BLACKBURN couple have been found guilty of inflicting 18 ‘horrendous injuries’ to one of their twin baby girls who later died.

Mohammed Karolia, 29 and his wife Nafisa Karolia, 22 of Dickens Street, Blackburn both denied two charges of child neglect but were found guilty following a six week trial at Preston Crown Court.

Their seven-month-old daughter, identified as Baby M, was pronounced dead on 15th June 2009 after being admitted to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with breathing difficulties. A post mortem revealed she died from Bronchopneumonia which the jury decided was brought on by her debilitating injuries.

The court was told Baby M sustained separate 18 injuries including damage to her spinal cord, fractured ribs, fractures to her arm and broken legs. An inquest in April 2010 recorded a narrative verdict.

Det Insp Pete Broome from the Force Major Investigation Team said the couple had shown no remorse over their daughter’s death.

“This was a truly horrific and tragic crime in which a little girl suffered horrendous injuries so we’re delighted with the verdict,” Det Insp Broome said.

“Neither Nafisa or Mohammed has shown any remorse for their actions and both have failed to offer any sort of explanation for what they did.

“Nothing can bring baby M back but I hope that the verdict will bring her family some small comfort as they continue to try to come to terms with her death.”

Mohammed and Nafisa Karolia will both be sentenced in October 2011.



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