Young mum Verphy Kudi, 19, who left 20-month-old baby to die as she went on birthday bender jailed for 9 years

A teenage mother who admitted causing the death of her infant daughter after leaving the child alone for six days to party, has been jailed for nine years.

Verphy Kudi, 19, previously admitted manslaughter at Lewes Crown Court after leaving 20-month-old Asiah home alone in a supported housing block in Brighton, while she partied in London and Coventry to celebrate her 18th birthday.

The court heard that the teenager walked out on 20-month-old Asiah and partied for six days while her baby starved to death in 2019.x

The teen was jailed today (Friday, August 6).

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She had left the flat to celebrate her 18th birthday

CCTV showed her leaving her flat in Brighton, Sussex on December 5 – her 18th birthday – and not returning until December 11.

Verphy’s 20-month-old daughter Asiah Kudi died at the same flat in Brighton in December 2019.

The aspiring model had been living in Gocher Court, an accommodation for vulnerable families run by a charity commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council.

Wearing a black jacket and a face mask, the teenager bowed her head as details of the final days of her daughter’s life were read out in the courtroom.

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Verphy Kudi was charged after her daughter Asiah died at her flat

She had been due to stand trial later this year before she formally entered a guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter.

Speaking at sentencing Judge Christine Laing said: “Asiah was alone in that flat for six days, less two hours, unable to do anything to draw attention to her plight.

“It’s a particularly distressing aspect of this case that in the opinion of Dr Cleghorn, it’s unlikely that Asiah would have cried for any length of time because she had already learnt that in many occasions there was unlikely to be a response.

“And when her suffering became too great, she would not have had the strength to cry.”

Kudi will serve the first two thirds of her sentence in prison before being released on license.

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An NSPCC spokesperson said: “This is a heart-breaking case in which a very young child has lost her life due to a catastrophic lack of protection and support from her mother.

“We now hope that the ongoing child safeguarding practice review sheds further light on the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.

“The protection and welfare of a child is everyone’s responsibility, so it is absolutely vital that anyone concerned about a child’s welfare speaks out.

“The NSPCC’s confidential helpline is available seven days a week on 0808 8005000 or by emailing [email protected]. If a child is in immediate danger, please call 999.”

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