Nanny Charged With Force-Feeding Baby To Death
Oluremi Oyindasola, a 66-year-old live-in nanny, was napping on the couch of a Maryland home when 8-month-old Enita Salubi toddled over to her in a walker, crying, and woke her up. What police say happened next is unimaginable. Oyindasola, they say, was captured on home surveillance video trying to feed the baby while she was still in the walker, failing, then taking her out of the walker, holding her around the chest, removing the nipple from a baby bottle, and pouring “a large amount of white liquid directly inside” the baby’s mouth. The 8-month-old is seen on the video squirming and resisting for 25 seconds. Then Oyindasola allegedly force-fed her a second bottle, during which Enita started having trouble breathing and went into medical distress. She died at a hospital Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Post reports.
“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,” says a police spokesperson, per NBC Washington. Police say Oyindasola called Enita’s father when the baby became unresponsive and he rushed home, calling 911 on the way. An autopsy found white liquid inside Enita’s lungs, and the medical examiner determined she died of asphyxiation. Oyindasola, who was the only person watching the baby when she died, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse resulting in death, and more. Multiple neighbors tell NBC they had been concerned for the baby: “That baby just cried [and] cried,” says one. “Every time I came outside, I’d hear that baby cry.”