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Midwife caution for leaving baby face down in cupboard

A midwife who left a four-day-old baby face down in a stationery cupboard in a hospital in Essex has been given a three year caution. 35-year-old Yvonne Musonda-Malata was caring for the newborn girl at Queen's Hospital in Romford while her sick mother slept.

A tribunal heard she "failed to provide appropriate clinical care" to the baby while working on a night shift.

Queen's Hospital in Romford Credit: Press Association

Council decision over midwife punishment due tomorrow

Yvonne Musonda-Malata will appear the hearing again tomorrow, when the Nursing and Midwifery Council will have to decide whether she will be punished. She had to rush from the hearing room last week after breaking down in tears, saying:

My life has nosedived into what I can only describe as a nightmare. I kept hoping it would be over, but it went from bad to worse.


Midwife guilty of leaving a baby face-down in a cupboard

A midwife has been found guilty of leaving a four-day-old baby face-down in a cupboard. The Nursing and Midwifery Council found that 35-year-old Yvonne Musonda-Malata failed to provide the right level of clinical care to a baby at Queen's Hospital in Essex in 2011.

Maternity unit at Queen's Hospital in Essex Credit: Press Association

Appeal after two OAPs hit by bus in Romford

Police are continuing to appeal for information after two pensioners were hit and killed by a bus in Romford.

The two men, thought to be in their mid-60s, were pronounced dead at the scene in Western Road, near to the Liberty Shopping Centre.

The incident happened yesterday at around quarter past two in the afternoon.

Officers are asking for any witnesses to get in touch.

Two killed in Romford bus crash

Police are appealing for information after two men were killed in a crash in Romford this afternoon.

Two pedestrians were hit by a bus just after 2pm on Western Road, near to the Liberty Shopping Centre. Both pedestrians, thought to be men in their 60s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The bus stopped at the scene and the driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He is currently in custody at an east London police station. There were no reports of other injuries.

Police say they believe there were a large number of witnesses at the scene, including those on the bus and another person that was passing at the time of the incident. They want anyone with information to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Midwives accused of leaving baby in cupboard

A tribunal heard today how two midwives looking after a four day old baby left it in a stationary cupboard. The baby's mother was ill and the hospital admitted today it had no guidelines for newborns who couldn't be looked after by their mothers.

The baby was in a cot in the cupboard but was left alone, and was found on its front, which put it at risk of a cot death. Phillippa Tomson reports.

Midwives left baby 'in hospital stationery cupboard'

A tribunal has heard that two midwives responsible for a sick woman's four-day-old baby left him in a stationery cupboard. Yvonne Musonda-Malata and Christine Onade are accused of failing to provide appropriate clinical care while working on a night shift at Queen's Hospital in Romford.

Queen's Hospital in Romford Credit: Press Association

The alleged incident, which happened in April, 2011, was reported by a nursery nurse who found the baby alone in the cupboard. Alex Curtis told the tribunal:

"I went to the post-natal ward to get an envelope from the stationery cupboard and found a baby lying on its tummy on its own. The baby was in the cot just behind the door. I cannot remember whether the light was off or on, but I saw baby on its front and went to check if it was breathing."

'Horrified' nurse found four-day-old baby in cupboard

A horrified nursery nurse found a four-day-old baby lying on his stomach in a stationary cupboard when she went to get an envelope, a hearing was told today.

Midwives Yvonne Musonda-Malata and Christine Onoade allegedly left the tiny boy in the closet at the post-natal ward at Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex, after he became unsettled.

The baby's mother had left him in their care so she could recover and sleep through the night in April 2011, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.

Both midwives face a number of misconduct charges and if found guilty they could be banned from the profession.

Teen who attacked woman on doorstep with acid 'had difficult upbringing'

Judge David Radford gave Liam Robert Sibbons an extended sentence. It means he will be on licence for two years after his release from custody, because the Judge considers him to be a dangerous individual who poses "significant risk" to the public.

There is no doubt you had a difficult upbringing and have been a vulnerable young person. Already, I have concluded, you have already embarked on criminality and the use of drugs of all kinds before this offence was committed. You were not someone innocent in the ways of the law or the ways of the court.

– Judge David Radford
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