Parents Stage Their Baby’s Death To Cover Up Child Abuse
This is the shocking moment that a father gave his partner the thumbs up as she walked onto a bus before staging their daughter’s death to cover up the horrific abuse she had suffered at home. Jurors today found the Jeffrey Wiltshire, 52, give Rosalin Baker, 25, guilty of causing the child’s death after seeing CCTV showing him give her a kiss and an encouraging thumbs up before getting on the bus. Baker has 16-week-old Imani strapped to her front in a sling and there is a cloth over her face, which she later admitted in court was to cover up the fact that she was already dead. Footage from the bus shows her playing on her phone for around 20 minutes without even looking at her daughter, then suddenly calling to other passengers for help as if she had just fallen ill.
But the drug addict parents’ plan unravelled when she was rushed to hospital and doctors found she had a fractured skull and serious head injuries, along with more than 40 other fractures. During their Old Bailey trial, Baker blamed her abusive and controlling boyfriend and claimed he had tried to ‘frame’ her by forcing her on to the bus with their dead child in a sling. But former rapper Wiltshire, who claimed to have fathered 25 children, insisted: ‘I’m not a life taker, I’m a baby maker.’ The jury deliberated for 14-and-a-half hours before clearing them of murder but finding them guilty of causing or allowing the death of their daughter, who was on the child protection register.
Adjourning sentencing until May 18, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said: ‘Imani’s life must have been painful, distressing and bewildering, and the failure at the very least to protect her is a serious matter indeed that must result in a custodial sentence.’ In the week of her death, Imani was attacked three times and suffered 40 rib fractures, a broken wrist and terrible head injuries, jurors were told. Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said Imani was in ‘very significant pain and distress’, which would have been obvious to any parent. Wiltshire and Baker, who lived on benefits, attempted to hide what happened at home by making it appear she had suddenly been taken ill on the number 25 bus, jurors were told.