December 2017

Romford childminder jailed for ‘awful’ attack on two babies

A registered childminder found guilty of seriously assaulting two baby girls in her care has been jailed for 16 years. 

Anouska Coleman, 37, called 999 in March 2015 stating a seven-month-old girl she was looking after had become unresponsive.

The baby was taken by ambulance to Great Ormond Street Hospital and diagnosed with a bleed on the brain.

Medical examinations revealed the injury was most probably as a result of a trauma, which would have occurred shortly before the ambulance was called.

The exact cause of the baby’s injuries remains uncertain but is likely to have involved an impact or impact with shaking.

Detectives from the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation Team later reviewed a previous case where a nine-month-old girl suffered a leg fracture in October 2014 while in Coleman’s care.

The original investigation concluded that there was insufficient evidence to pursue a prosecution but the case review resulted in Coleman being charged with a second count of grievous bodily harm.

Coleman, of Romford, north east London, was convicted of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent following an earlier trial at Basildon Crown Court.

 Coleman was sentenced to seven years in prison for assaulting the nine-month-old girl, and to nine years in prison to run consecutively for assaulting the seven-month-old girl.