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Couple Convicted Over Death Of Four-Week-Old Daughter

A couple has been convicted following the death of their four-week-old daughter.

On 6 October, Clare Sanders, 43, and Tomas Vaitkevicious, 45, from Streatham Road, Mitcham were at the Old Bailey for trial

The couple were found guilty on Friday, 13 November for causing or allowing Eva Sanders’ death.

The incident happened in September 217 at an address in Streatham Road, Mitcham, CR4.

The police and London Ambulance Service were called to reports of a one-month-old girl who was unresponsive.

Clare Sanders 43, and Tomas Vaitkevicious, 45
Clare Sanders 43, and Tomas Vaitkevicious, 45

Despite the effort to save the child who was placed on life support at the hospital, she was pronounced dead at 19.00 on 2 September 2017

Initially, the Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT) that led the investigation treated the child’s death as unexplained.

According to the report of the investigation, Eva was found to have suffered non-accidental injuries to her head, ribs and an eye.

The medical report indicated that her head and ribs were inflicted on more than one occasion.

Investigation launched by Detective Inspector Will White led to the arrest of Clare and Thomas on 29 September 2017.

They were later changed by postal requisition on 3 April 2018 with murder, and with causing or allowing the death of their child.

Inspector White said: “This is a tragic case where baby Eva died from extensive injuries at just 28 days old. Medical evidence in the case was emphatic in determining that the injuries sustained were non-accidental.

“Neither parent offered any explanation to account for Eva’s injuries, and today they have been found guilty of causing or allowing Eva’s death. This is a tragic loss of innocent life at the hands of those who were meant to love and care for her.’’

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