Mum who Killed her Own, 7 Months Old Daughter is Jailed for 6 Years in Buckhurst Hill

Mum, Shalini Padmanabha who killed her seven-month-old baby has been jailed for six years in Buckhurst Hill.

The court heard how she’d subjected her daughter, Shagun Prasad, to a number of assaults over the course of several weeks.

Shagun died in hospital after being found unresponsive at an address in Epping New Road, Buckhurst Hill, at around 3am on August, 15 2018.

A post-mortem examination found she died as a result of a severe head injury and had suffered several injuries including fractures to her skull and ribs.

Following a three-week trial, Shalini Padmanabha was found guilty of the manslaughter and child cruelty on Monday, July 1, following a trial at the Inner London Court.

In a statement, Shagun’s dad said: “I will live with anguish for the rest of my life that I will never be able to see my girl again. I will never be able see her grow up, educate and have her own life. Me and my family lost a precious human being. I really adored my girl.”

Denying a charge of murder, Padmanabha had said the injuries were because her daughter ‘wiggled a lot’ when in her Moses basket, swing or on the floor.

Shagun had conceived via IVF after her parents had been married for about eight years.

The infant was born prematurely with several medical problems, which required numerous operations and a four-month hospital stay.

She has been jailed for six years for manslaughter and two years for child cruelty. The sentences will run concurrently.