A midwife accused of leaving a new-born baby in a stationery cupboard today told a tribunal she was innocent. Yvonne Musonda-Malata and Christine Onoade allegedly left the baby lying face down in a cot at Queen's Hospital in Romford. Joanna Simpson reports.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Tara Quigley was in court and wept as details of the attack were read out. In an victim impact statement she said:
The attack has left me feeling as though my life has been blown apart.
I have been left both physically and emotional scarred, and am in constant pain and discomfort owing to burns on my face, chest and arms.
I have lost confidence in my physical appearance and feel that people will stare at me when they see the scars.
I will have to live with this attack and the scars it has left me with for the rest of my life and nothing I can say or do will change that.
I truly hope that the man responsible knows just what he has done and the grief and anguish he has caused to me and my entire family.
This was an horrific attack, involving a degree of brutality and callousness rarely encountered. Almost, one might say, beyond comprehension.
Miss Quigley opened the front door and saw the same man. He was holding onto a white bottle with both hands.
He then pointed the bottle at Miss Quigley and squeezed. Miss Quigley felt liquid come into contact with her skin, followed almost immediately by a burning sensation.
The man remained where he was, Miss Quigley shut the door and began to scream. She ran to the kitchen, turned the tap on and started putting water on her face.
A 16-year-old boy who threw acid at a woman on her doorstep in Essex has been sentenced to more than eight years in jail. 28-year-old Tara Quigley suffered horrific burns to her face and body in the attack and has undergone two skin grafts.
The teenager, who can now be named for the first itme as Liam Robert Sibbons sprayed a solution of chromic acid at her after she answered the door to him at her home in Romford in April.
Tara Quigley says she still does not know the motive behind the attack and still suffers "horrible pain". Appearing on ITV1's Daybreak, she said of her attacker:
Some days I hate him, but the majority of the time I feel quite sorry for him, because I feel he is a child who is not capable of making an adult decision, even though he thought he did, he can't.
I was at home with my family. A young man knocked at my front door, asked me if my name was Michelle, to which I told him my name was Tara, so he left, quite abruptly. He came back about five minutes later and knocked again - as soon as I opened my front door, he just threw the acid at me.
A teenager is due to be sentenced today throwing acid at a woman on her doorstep in Essex. 26-year-old Tara Quigley suffered horrific injuries to her face and body and still has to have surgery.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a charge of throwing corrosive fluid on a person, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.