Parents staged bus drama to hide baby’s death
The parents of a baby girl have been found guilty of causing or allowing her to die before staging her death on a bus in Stratford.
Rosalin Baker, 25, and Jeffrey Wiltshire, 52, of Morris Avenue, Manor Park, were cleared of murder of their three-month-old daughter Imani Wiltshire at the Old Bailey on Thursday.
Imani had been born prematurely on June 2, 2016, and spent 65 days incubated and ventilated in hospital.
Police believe abuse began soon after Imani was discharged on August 5 and the couple staged an elaborate drama to cover up her death.
On September 28, Baker strapped her dead child in a sling with a cloth covering facial injuries.
She boarded a Route 25 bus with Wiltshire giving her the thumbs up as the doors closed.
Baker alerted passengers to the fact her child wasn’t breathing. The bus became a scene of panic as a woman tried to perform CPR. Amid the drama, Baker was impassive and on the phone and people assumed the woman attempting to revive Imani was the mother.
Imani was taken to an east London hospital where she was pronounced dead. Imani was already cold to the touch, and rigor mortis had begun. A post-mortem examination determined cause of death as a head injury. Another 40 separate injuries were identified across Imani’s body.
On September 29, Baker gave a prepared statement saying she was “in shock” and “loved her baby and never hurt her”. She alleged that Imani had fallen a few days before but Baker had thought she was fine.
Det Chief Insp Gary Holmes said: “Despite a challenging start to life she fought to survive but sadly her fight was short lived as she suffered at the hands of the very people who were supposed to love, nurture and protect her.
“Many of those who stepped in to provide medical assistance were left completely distressed when they realised their efforts to save Imani were futile, not knowing that the entire incident had been staged.”
The couple will be sentenced next month.
Wiltshire gives a thumbs-up as the ruse begins