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Mum ‘killed baby’ while ‘trying to silence her cries’

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A mum killed her two-month-old baby girl by crushing the infant’s chest “mostly likely” to stop her crying, a prosecutor has claimed.

Abigail Palmer, 33, is accused of fracturing her daughter Teri-Rae’s ribs, and jurors were told it was a “deliberate” injury that “caused or at least contributed” to the newborn’s death.

A skeletal examination found the baby, who was subject of a child protection plan, had old and fresh rib fractures after she died in January 2017, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

Palmer, of Solihull, West Midlands, claims she took a nap on a sofa with her daughter lying on her chest, and when she woke up Teri-Rae was “blue and lifeless”, Birmingham Live reports.

 

The prosecution claims the rib fractures were deliberately inflicted, “most likely to silence her crying”.Palmer denies manslaughter and three charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Jonas Hankin QC, prosecuting, said Palmer was facing possible care proceedings after testing positive for cocaine while pregnant.

Teri-Rae was born on October 24, 2016, and was made the subject of a child protection plan which banned her mother from using drugs or alcohol.

Palmer had regular visits from health care and social workers, who did not raise any concerns about the mother and baby, said Mr Hankin.

However on one occasion, he said, the defendant had been spotted going to a public house on December 22, 2016, with Teri-Rae and “secretly” drinking wine.

When challenged about this she allegedly said she thought she was allowed a drink during the Christmas and New Year period.

The court heard that on the afternoon of  January 2, 2017, Palmer had dialled 999 over her daughter, but attempts to resuscitate the baby failed.Palmer told police there had been nothing unusual about Teri-Rae’s behaviour.

She said at around 1pm she had taken a nap on the sofa with he daughter lying on her chest, with her head to the side.

Palmer said she had woken up to find Teri-Rae “blue and lifeless” and had tried to revive her.

Mr Hankin said that initially the death was treated as non-suspicious because there were no signs of injury to her body.

But a skeletal examination later revealed that the baby had suffered a number of healing and fresh rib fractures.

Mr Hankin said: “Her brain had received an inadequate supply of oxygen and had been damaged as a result.”Teri-Rae, he said, had been subjected to “significant injury” which could not be explained by anything that happened at birth or the attempts at resuscitation.

He added: “The prosecution case is that on each occasion the defendant inflicted those injuries on her daughter by forceful compression of her chest, most likely to silence her crying.

“Teri-Rae was in the defendant’s sole care. no one else can be responsible.”He claimed that Palmer had also inflicted the older rib injuries that were found.Mr Hankin said: “T

he fresh multiple rib fractures inflicted on January 2 caused or at least contributed to Terri-Rae’s death.

“These fractures lead to progressive respiratory failure caused by shallow breathing leading ultimately to death from asphyxia.”

Mr Hankin said that when Palmer was taken in a police car to Heartlands Hospital an officer noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath, although she claimed not to have had a drink on that day.

The trial continues.

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Real Househelps of Kawangware star ‘Njambi’ welcomes baby boy

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The Real Househelps of Kawangware (THRK) actress Njeri Gachomba, popularly known as Njambi, has delivered her second child.

12 hours of labour but it was worth it. He’s finally here. We thank God. Julie Njoki and my sis in law Cynthia thank you for being there hiyo journey yote.Drama yote mmeona poleni,” stated an elated Njambi on her Instagram page.

Announcing her pregnancy two weeks ago while already at full term, the celebrated actress revealed that she wanted to be sure of her baby’s wellbeing before making the news public.

“I was not hiding the fact that I had a baby on the way, I wanted to confirm the well-being of the baby before I announced it on social media,” said Njambi.

A decision, informed, perhaps, by a low moment in 2018 when she suffered a miscarriage.

According to the actress who plays a sassy, comical character in the THRK show, the experience left her severely depressed and heartbroken.

“When we got pregnant in November 2017, we were not ready. I remember after the miscarriage on April 2018 everyone told us that everything happened for a reason,” she narrated.

She added that the loss was compounded by other struggles at the time including a broken relationship.

“Lord knows how hard losing that baby was, we were not only heartbroken but our relationship got broken too,” said the thespian.

“This is our miracle, it came at the right time with its blessings,” she said during her pregnancy announcement.

News that she had delivered has excited her fans base with many flooding her pages with congratulatory messages.

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LIVE UPDATES: Sonko to appear in court following dramatic arrest in Voi

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko  and others are expected to be arraigned before the anti-corruption court Friday to face charges over the loss of Sh357 million.

The City County boss was on Friday morning arrested in Voi.

This followed orders by  Kenya’s public prosecutor  DPP Noordin Haji who called for his immediate arrest and arraignment.

Other City Hall officials expected in court are county secretary Peter Mbugua, members of the tender committee Patrick Mwangangi, Samuel Ndung’u, Edwin Kariuki, Lawrence Mwangi, and Preston Miriti, among others.

The governor and the officials will face charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, willful failure to comply with the law and conflict of interest.

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Haji said investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had  sufficient evidence to sustain the charges.

“Following a comprehensive investigation by EACC and independently reviewing the investigation files, I have found sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution and I have therefore ordered immediate arrest and arraignment in court of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko,” the DPP stated.

“Investigations into these crimes have been challenging because of the repeated attempts by the accused to obstruct the course of the investigation by deploying intimidation tactics in addition to using goons to threaten law enforcement officials carrying out their constitutional mandates,” the DPP added.

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Pressure mounts on Citizen TV to stop airing ’10 over 10′ show

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“A national television station such as Citizen TV should not bring a show which is more of a discotheque with all sorts of pornography, nudity and sexual provocation being promoted” said Kioko.

The director of Kenya Films and Classification Board Dr Ezekiel Mutua has in the past raised similar concerns about the show.

However, Dr Mutua says it’s impossible to cancel the show because it is comes on air after the watershed period.

The show, which is hosted by Willis Raburu, airs on Citizen TV every Friday night.

Here are some of online comments about the show:

Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS

@EzekielMutua

I am very happy to see the campaign against 10/10 – the obscene crap run by @WillisRaburu on @citizentvkenya. Sometimes I wonder whether the owners of the station care about morality. Would they let their kids watch the discotheque on TV. Shame on the managment & owners too!

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Shem@Am_Shem

If you wouldn’t watch a show with your parents, then it shouldn’t be aired on Live TV

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NaiBlogger™@NaiBlogger

Royal Media Services Managing Director, Wachira waruru called cops to stop a team from @CitizenGoAfrica led by @annmtave from going to the studios to present the petition signatures to . Selling programs using teenagers nudity is a No. Kenyans are tired
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Ann Kioko

I would rather be in jail fighting for the right thing than remain relevant while doing nasty things like they do on Fridays @citizentvkenya . stop it @WillisRaburu . You can resign if you are forced into this

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Nyamogo Gogni@ejnyamogo

Thank you for standing up for the rights of the and their future. It is very unfortunate that mainstream media promotes today is tue name of Now!

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Kwale Gunner 🇰🇪@Sam_Lulli

This show parades tens of indecently dressed youth who dance and twerk live on television. The almost naked youth dance in sexually provocative styles while the disc jokey makes sure to spin the dirtiest of the songs.

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She’s The One@NikitaHemising

This show promotes teen pregnancy and diseases such as STIs and HIV and Aids. When the show ends it almost 1am in the morning. This where they engage in dangerous sexual activities

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