Mum who beat baby girl to death after months of abuse is jailed for six years

A mum who beat her seven-month-old daughter to death after abusing her for nearly half of her life was jailed for six years today.

Shalina Padmanabha abused Shagun for three months after the premature baby spent her first four and a half months of life in hospital.

The girl suffered fatal head injuries from either Padmanabha hitting her or bashing her head against a hard surface.

She was rushed to Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, east London, but later died from her injuries in the early hours of August 15, 2017.

India-born Padmanabha 33, still maintains her innocence but jailing her for six years, Mrs Justice McGowan said; "You had, in my experience, an unprecedented amount of care and intervention.

"I accept entirely that you are devastated by the loss of your child.

"You were carrying out acts of assault against this baby or knew, no doubt almost immediately after an incident occurred, that you had done something you shouldn't.

"It is entirely wrong to say you show remorse and even now you do not accept responsibility.'

Shagun had suffered an 8cm and 11cm fracture to the skull as well as injuries to the legs, the court heard.

In the post-mortem exam, doctors found a number of older healing injuries, including new and healing fractures to the skull, cracked ribs and bleeding behind the eyes.

The injuries were consistent with the baby being shaken, squeezed by the ribs and having her left leg pulled and twisted.

Jurors were told some of the injuries dated as far back as three months, showing the seven-month-old had been abused for almost half her life.

A jury had cleared Padmanabha of murder but convicted her of manslaughter and of cruelty against a person under 16 after a trial at Inner London Crown Court.

"That scan revealed she had died as a result of catastrophic injuries to her head.

"It is the Crown's case that the defendant, her mother, inflicted those injuries," Tracey Ayling, QC, prosecuting said.

During the trial Padmanabha claimed she did not know what caused her daughter to collapse.

Following her arrest she told police officers she simply had a 'very strong' and 'wriggly' baby.

She had spent several years trying to conceive with her husband before successfully giving birth to her daughter in February 2016 following IVF.

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