November 2015

Mother & grandmother jailed for total of 16 years for causing death of baby


A LUTON mother and a grandmother have been sentenced to a total of 16 years imprisonment for causing the death of a seven-month-old baby.

The boy, named only as “Baby Imran”, had sunken eyes as a result of dehydration and was found dead in January 2014.

His mother, Jessica Price, 24, and his grandmother, Angela Price, both of Morris Close, were found guilty of causing his death on October 28 this year.

They were sentenced at Luton Crown Court to eight years imprisonment respectively.

Jessica Price was found guilty of three counts of cruelty to a child by failing to provide him with adequate food or drink and failing to obtain adequate medical aid and one count of causing or allowing the death of a child.

She pleaded guilty to one count of causing or allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm.

Angela Price was found guilty of two counts of cruelty to a child, one of causing or allowing the death of a child, and one of causing or allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm.

Imran was wilfully neglected at the hands of his mother and grandmother, to the extent that lost 17 per cent of his body weight in just nine days.

He also had what doctors described as one of the worse cases of nappy rash they had ever seen.

The judge said: “He died in squalor in chaotic conditions surrounded by cigarette butts and ash, a cigarette lighter and a dirty milk bottle. Every human life is of infinite value. For baby Imran that life lasted just seven months, and today as you fall to be sentenced there is no-one left to read out a victim personal statement.”

“In those last few days Imran was not only being starved to death but also he was suffering from an untreated nappy rash of such severity as to be described by a paediatric nurse as the worst she has ever seen. Baby Imran’s suffering in those last days is unimaginable.”

Had it not been for the cruel and callous neglect by these cold-hearted individuals, then I really believe that Imran would still be alive today. Today’s sentencing can’t bring Imran back, but hopefully it shows the child neglect is never acceptable and will always be punished severely.”

In court health professionals said they had visited the house but were ignored when they told mother Jessica to take the baby to a clinic regularly to get weighed. In the end experts concluded Imran had died of dehydration and not getting enough food.