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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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Kura called this newly opened road a masterpiece, Kenyans having none of it

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Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura)

Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) has bragged about the newly opened Waiyaki Way-Redhill link,  calling it a master piece.

The Sh3 billion dual carriageway starts from Waiyaki Way and passes through Kyuna, Spring Valley, Kitisuru and Peponi to end at Redhill.

It is supposed to give access to Westlands

Kura’s brag triggered anger from Kenyans who swiftly pointed out glaring design anomalies of the new road.

The road lacks space for non-motorized transport, signage, trees and many more.

Here is what Kenyans want fixed before it can be called a masterpiece.

 

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US government releases the number of Kenyans sworn in as Citizens last year – 2,685

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2,685 Kenyans became naturalized United States citizens in the first three quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates.

Over the same period, a total of 544,475 foreign nationals holding US permanent residency became naturalized, with 44,095 of them being from African countries.

A total of 4,348 Kenyans became US citizens in the 2017 fiscal year, and 4,834 in fiscal year 2016.

In 2017, a total of 707,265 immigrants got naturalized in the United States.

To qualify for naturalization, immigrants must have been permanent residents (hold a green card) for at least five years, or at least three years if married to a US citizen.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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Meet the young Kenyan pastor with a vibrant church in USA

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Pastor Kariuki

Pastor Evans Kariuki of Eternal Life Harvest Centre is currently changing lives in the United States thanks to his church ministry.

Unlike most young men who would prefer to venture into other well paying careers: Evans Kariuki, a firebrand is using his heavenly gift of preaching to spread the word of the Lord around.

His Firebrand ministry has created a platform for him to reach out to both the young and old. Apart from running his ministry in the United States, pastor Kariuki has also been moving to different countries where he uses his ministry to reach out to many.

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Youthful pastor

Judging from his social media pages, it is clear to that he also has a huge online following that admires his work. Being young has also made it easy for him to relate with the youth in his church.

Apart from running this successful ministry pastor Kariuki also happens to be a an award-winning author and world traveler who enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures!

Pastor Evans and Ashley Kariuki are two ministers of God on a quest to bring about the power, presence and purposes of God into the earth.

Ashley, a native of Knoxville, TN USA and Evans a native of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, the two set out on this journey together heading Jesus Is Alive Ministries USA with the blessing of the headquarter ministry Jesus Is Alive Ministries – Nairobi Kenya under founder and Bishop, Dr. Margaret Wanjiru.

JIAM USA is one of four international branches of Jesus Is Alive Ministries throughout the world. Evans and Ashley maintain a standard of excellence in life, family and in ministry. Both are graduates of Valor Christian College (formerly World Harvest Bible College) where both received ordination into ministry.

Most recently Pastor Evans and Ashley both received Masters Degrees; Pastor Evans from The Ohio State University and Ashley Kariuki from Liberty University.

The focus of JIAM USA is simply put as 3G – GO, GET, GROW. By awakening firebrands for God, it is essential to send them out as Jesus declared in the great commission of Mathew 28:19

Secondly there must be a compelling draw for them to come in accordance to Luke 14:23. This is accomplished through meeting the needs of those we encounter spiritually and physically.

Finally, we must make disciples of them all, by raising up Holy Ghost filled, Biblical based, and Gospel dominated churches and bodies of believers. Doing all this according to the Great Commission and in the name of Jesus.

You can easily reach out to the pastor through;

Instagram: Evans Kariuki
Facebook: Evans Kariuki
Twitter: Firebrandnation
Youtube: Firebrandnation

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