19 years teen mother bursts into tears as she is jailed for 9 years for leaving her baby to starve to death while she went partying for 6 days to celebrate her 18th birthday
A teen mother broke down in tears today as she was jailed for nine years after leaving her baby to starve to death while she went partying for six days to celebrate her 18th birthday.
Verphy Kudi went to a 1990s music concert in Elephant and Castle and even had a DJ announce her birthday during her days-long jaunt away from home, a court heard.
All the while her 20-month-old daughter, Asiah, was alone in her flat in a ‘supported housing’ block in Brighton more than 50 miles away.
Asiah tragically died from influenza and starvation after having been left unattended for five days, 21 hours and 58 minutes, prosecutors said.
When paramedics were finally called to the flat on December 11, 2019 after Kudi had returned, they found her ‘incoherent, distressed and distraught’ and her daughter lying on the floor.
Kudi, now 19, today appeared in the dock at Lewes Crown Court on Friday for sentencing after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
She broke down in tears as she was jailed for nine years and taken away by court staff.
Judge Laing said the baby had gone through ‘almost unimaginable suffering’ before dying alone in the flat.
She added: ‘She was a helpless young child and relied completely on you as her mother to proved for her needs.’
She told her Kudi ‘grossly abused her trust’ and had prioritised her desire to ‘celebrate your birthday and the birthday of friends’ rather than the needs of her child
Wearing a black jacket and a face mask, Kudi bowed her head as details of the final days of her daughter’s life were read out in the courtroom.
Prosecutor Sally Howes QC said CCTV covering Kudi’s home showed that she had left Asiah alone in the flat for five days, 21 hours and 58 minutes.
Kudi left Brighton on December 5 and went to London where she spent her birthday with her boyfriend.