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Nanny, 73, gets 15 Years Imprisonment for Death of Baby She Force-Fed



Oluremi Adeleye

73-year old Oluremi Adeleye has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after she was found guilty of child abuse and second-degree murder in February, Washington Post reports.

Oluremi, a nanny was sued for pouring nearly eight ounces of milk down an 8-month old child Enita Salubi‘s throat, leading to her death.

Oluremi, testifying in her defense had said she was “cup-feeding” the baby to ensure it didn’t go hungry, a practice common in Nigeria, where she’s from.

“Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to kill your child,” Oluremi said in court on the day the judgement was delivered.

Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Karen Mason said before sentencing Oluremi: “While I don’t find the defendant is an evil-intentioned baby slayer, I also don’t find her actions were accidental.”

The tragic incident occurred in October 2016, and a nanny cam showed Oluremi who after trying to feed the child from the bottle and the child refused, removed the lid and poured the content into the baby’s mouth forcefully.

Speaking at the sentencing, Enita’s mother Nikia Porter said she moved from the South Side of Chicago to escape gun violence.

“I didn’t want to lose my child to a stray bullet…. I lost her to a formula.”

Photo Credit: Prince George’s County Police


  1. Ronke

    May 8, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Wow!!! Such an unfortunate event. Really really sad.

  2. Alice

    May 8, 2019 at 5:18 am

    I never liked that means of feeding a baby. Esp. that they have to press the child’s nose to have him/her take a breath in to swallow the food. It’s such a pity she had to dance to a music she didn’t intend to play.

  3. Lilo

    May 8, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    This is a cruel punishment for a 73 yr old grandma who anyone can affirm did not set out to harm that baby. That was a straight up accidental death. It’s no different from bottle feeding a baby, baby chokes and dies. Granted force feeding is just archaic however 15 years? Really? But cops in that same Chicago who murder unarmed blacks in cold blood are acquitted? Wow! Terrible and harsh sentencing

    • Jagaban

      May 10, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Accidental or not…it was a death nonetheless and now a family (that paid for care) is without their child. That’s why it is a second-degree murder charge because they know the killing wasn’t premeditated but no matter how you twist or turn it….she killed that child. Let her serve her time. It’s a sad instance but it happened and you can’t expect her to walk free from this.

  4. Parryvogue

    May 8, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Its a pity that u were so unfortunate in trying to feed the child, the means in which she tried to force feed d child is highly practised in Nigeria especially among the western people i.e the yorubas. The act was not a delibetate one, she was only trying to make sure that the baby was fed, forgetting that such a child is not used to such kind of feeding. It is only in Nigeria nd probably some Africans that will understand this method of force feeding a child. But in the western world its a total NO NO.

  5. Poesy

    May 8, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    This is why training is so important.

    Do the people we entrust to take care of our kids understand child development? Beyond feeding and changing nappies, do they know First Aid and CPR? Even us, parents, do we? Let’s educate ourselves and the people we employ or trust.

  6. by_stander

    May 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Force feeding, then kill someone else’s child – i will like to know if there is another story like this that doesn’t involve a Nigerian.

    Assuming she is an expert force feeder, would it have been even unreasonable to get the parent’s permission before force feeding the child?

    it’s uncanny how everything about this story correlates everything in her country of origin. If you ask me i’d say this is the result of years of psychological damage from living in a rent-seeking system assuming she spent her formative years there.

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