A Maryland woman working as a nanny has been arrested after police said she force fed an eight-month-old baby girl who then died.
Oluremi Oyindasola, 66, of Glenarden, Maryland, has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse resulting in death and other offenses, Prince George’s County Police said Wednesday.
A home surveillance system recorded Oyindasola napping when the crying child, eight-month-old Enita Salubi, approached in a toddler walker, according to police.
Police charging documents say Oyindasola unsuccessfully tried feeding the child, then ‘proceeded to pour a large amount of white liquid directly inside the victim’s mouth’.
Police say Enita, who was force-fed a second bottle, had ‘difficulty breathing and signs of medical distress’.
Col. Harry Bond with Prince George’s County Police told NBC Washington: ‘She forcefully poured the two bottles of what looks to be milk down the baby’s mouth, causing her to not be able to breathe, suffocating her, and eventually she died at the hospital.’
Prince George’s County Police said in a news release: ‘On October 24th, at about 4.10pm, the baby had been rushed to a hospital after she became unresponsive at home.
‘She was pronounced dead a short time later. An autopsy on Tuesday revealed the baby’s cause of death was asphyxiation. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
‘The preliminary investigation revealed the injuries to the baby occurred while in the sole care and custody of Oyindasola.’
Oyindasol ‘is in the custody of the Department of Corrections,’ the release said.
Online court records didn’t list a lawyer for Oyindasola, who’s being held on $1million bond.