Mum ‘refused to see baby because she was having dinner’ weeks later she killed tot

A mum who killed her baby refused to see the newborn in hospital because she was “having her dinner”, it is claimed.

Lauren Saint George, 25, was convicted of infanticide this week after shaking her daughter Lily-Mai to death.

Saint George was suffering from post natal depression when she violently shook Lily-Mai and pulling and twisting her leg on January 31 2018.

Lily-Mai died at Great Ormond Street Hospital on February 2, when surgeons turned off her life support machine due to the extent of her brain damage.

Six days before the attack Haringey social services decided Lily-Mai should be transferred to the sole care of her parents, Saint George and Darren Hurrell, 25, despite professionals at Barnet Hospital warning she was at risk of neglect.

Lily-Mai’s paternal great aunt Jane Sweeting said Saint George refused to see her daughter in hospital after giving birth.

Ms Sweeting told the Daily Mail: “Lily-Mai was premature. When in neonatal care, Lauren refused to visit her because she was having her dinner.

“We attended her funeral and travelled miles to be there, but where was Lauren? No sign of her.

“She failed to attend her own daughter’s funeral. Not one member of her family’s side went.”

Although medical staff had concerns about Saint George, the hospital had no legal powers to detain Lily-Mai.

Social services from Haringey Council said the baby should be discharged into her parents’ care despite opposition from doctors.

Haringey health visitor manager Sithembile Dzingai, who was involved in discussions about Lily-Mai’s care, told the Old Bailey during the trial: “There was no robust discharge plan to safeguard Lily-Mai.

“In my 12 years as a health visitor I have never had such a feeling of anxiety about a case as I did about Lily-Mai being discharged.”

The tot died eight days after being discharged from hospital.

Following a six-week trial, Saint George was found guilty of infanticide.

The charge is an alternative to murder where a mother kills her child while her mind is disturbed by a failure to recover from the effects of childbirth.

She was cleared of murder and manslaughter.

Following the verdicts on Monday, the judge adjourned sentencing Saint George until September 9 to allow for a report to be prepared by the Probation Service.

But he told her that any prison sentence would be suspended, as she had already “suffered and continues to suffer”.

The senior judge said: “It is quite clear to me you were depressed, still suffering from the effects of the birth at the time you committed the act that caused the death and the verdict of infanticide is one that has traditionally evoked sympathy rather than punishment.”

Lily-Mai’s dad Darren Hurrell, who stood trial alongside Saint George, was cleared of all charges.

He had been charged with murder and manslaughter but a judge found he had no case to answer.

After the trial, Ms Sweeting said she knew in her heart that Lily-Mai was “brutally and cruelly taken” from the family by Saint George.

She said the killer was the “one person who should have protected her (Lily-Mai) most”.

The grieving relative went on to describe Saint George as “aggressive, violent and stroppy”.

Ms Sweeting also slammed Haringey Council.

She said the council should be “ashamed” after allowing Lily-Mai to stay with Saint George, when they knew she was high risk.

Haringey Council was also blamed after the infamous Baby P and Victoria Climbi child abuse cases.

Haringey Council chief executive Andy Donald and Haringey Council leader Peray Ahmet previously said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Lily-Mai and our thoughts are with those who loved and cared for her during her short life.

“We would like to say how sorry we are that Lily-Mai did not receive the care and protection she deserved.

“There are clearly lessons to be learned and the Haringey Safeguarding Children Partnership has already commissioned a serious case review from an independent expert which, now the trial proceedings are complete, will be concluded and published.

“We are confident we have now made improvements which could have better protected Lily-Mai and we are absolutely committed to protecting children and young people in our borough.”