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Teen mum admits leaving baby to die while she went on six-day birthday bender

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A teen mum has admitted causing the death of her infant daughter while she went out on a six-day bender to celebrate her birthday.

Verphy Kudi's 20-month-old daughter Asiah Kudi died at an address in Brighton in December 2019.

Kudi was captured on CCTV leaving the home on her 18th birthday and did not return home until six days later.

Data gathered by Sussex Police showed she had attended parties in London, Coventry and Solihull during her week away from home.

After returning home, Kudi called 999 saying her baby would not wake up.

Asiah was rushed to Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton but was declared dead on arrival.

A post-mortem examination and forensic tests found that Asiah's death was the result of neglect.

Kudi, now 19, appeared in the dock at Lewes Crown Court on Friday morning wearing a face mask.

She had been due to stand trial later this year but formally entered a guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter on Friday.

Judge Christine Laing QC told her: "You have heard that before I get to sentence you the defence want to get a report on your behalf and a doctor will no doubt make arrangements to see you and interview you over the next few weeks."

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She ordered that all social services records relating to the case be disclosed to the defence ahead of sentencing.

The case was adjourned to a provisional sentencing date of May 28, but Kudi was warned this may be delayed.

Speaking after the hearing, Asiah's grandad Muba Kudi, 59, said: "My heart is so broken.

"My daughter was missing. She had been missing since the age of 14."

At the time of her daughter's death, Kudi was living in supported housing for young families run by the YMCA on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Staff at the housing unit had called police after reviewing CCTV footage following Asiah's death.

The baby was under a child protection plan but there was no social worker assigned when she died.

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