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A teenage mother Verphy Kudi accused of killing her 20-month-old daughter left her alone in her home for six days, a court said today.
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Verphy Kudi, 18, was charged after her daughter Asiah died in her Brighton apartment last December.
Jeremy King said CCTV had revealed she left her apartment on Islingword Road in Brighton on December 5, 2019 – her 18th birthday – and did not return until December 11.
He said Asia died in his absence.
Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital
The baby was taken to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton but tragically pronounced dead on arrival.
Post-mortem and other forensic investigations revealed that Baby Asiah died of neglect.
Kudi appeared via videoconference, wrapped himself in a gray blanket and cried as the indictment was read.
The CPS-approved charge follows an investigation by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team. No appeal was made today and she has been remanded until November 16, before appearing before Lewes Crown Court.
No bail or bank chair request was made, and she was remanded in custody due to the nature and severity of the crime.
A statement from the Sussex Police said this morning: “A mother was accused of causing her daughter’s death in Brighton.
“Verphy Kudi, 18, currently without a permanent address, is due to appear in Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday October 19th. She is charged with the manslaughter of her 20-month-old daughter Asiah at an address on Islingword Road lived in Brighton in December 2019. “