A teenage mum who left her baby daughter to starve to death while she was out celebrating her 18th birthday has admitted manslaughter.
Verphy Kudi’s 20-month-old daughter Asiah Kudi died at an address in Brighton in December 2019.
A court heard how Kudi walked out on baby Asiah on the day she turned 18 and ended up partying for six days before she returned.
CCTV showed she left her Brighton flat on December 5, 2019, and did not come back until December 11 when she found her baby dead.
Data gathered by Sussex Police showed Kudi had been at parties in London, Coventry, and Solihull before returning to Brighton.
The infant was taken to Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival.
A post-mortem examination and forensic tests found that Asiah’s death was the result of neglect. In the six days she was alone, the child starved and was dehydrated. She also contracted influenza.
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.
Kudi spoke only to confirm her name and enter the guilty plea. She held her hands to her face after the charge of manslaughter was read to her.
Judge Christine Laing QC told her: ‘You have heard that before I get to sentence you the defence wants 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.’
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, Verphy’s father, Muba Kudi, 59, said: ‘My heart is so broken. My daughter was missing. She had been missing since the age of 14.’
Asiah was born on March 22, 2018.
She had been living at the flat in Brighton with her mother, which they had been housed by social services since September 30, 2019.
The baby was under a child protection plan but there was no social worker assigned when she died.
On December 11, at 6:06 pm, Kudi dialled 999 telling a call handler her baby would not wake up.