A paranoid schizophrenic ,Oluwakemi Badare, 37, who deliberately murdered her 4-year-old son by drowning him in the bath has been transferred to a secured mental institution.Oluwakemi Badare, 37, held her son Kingswealth under water for more than a minute on December 27, 2020.Police found her prescription in a trash can on the landing, near where her son's nude corpse was found in rigour mortis with his scalp scratched.The Old Bailey heard she had been treated for mental illness for years and admitted to medical personnel in 2017 that she had tried to drown her infant boy months before he was restored to her care in March 2018.
Badare denied murder and manslaughter by gross negligence, saying she forgot her kid was in the bath.She was ruled unfit to make a guilty or not guilty plea, therefore jurors were asked to decide whether she carried out the accused offences - whether she drowned Kingswealth purposefully or accidentally.The jury determined after nine hours that the mother intentionally murdered her kid. She will be treated in a secure mental facility before punishment.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson, QC, said injuries to Kingswealth, including scratches and bruises to the front, sides and back of his scalp, were consistent with deliberate drowning."On 27 December 2020 at 7:45am the defendant made a 999 emergency call," Mr Atkinson said.
"The defendant told the emergency operator, who had asked her if the patient was breathing, that he was not and added that she had killed her four-year-old son."She added that she 'went to do [a] bubble bath for him' and that she had forgotten that she had left him in the bath and that she had filled the bath with cold water.
Paramedics arrived 10 minutes after the call and discovered Kingswealth on the steps.Old Bailey said Badare deteriorated in her paranoid schizophrenia treatment in 2017.
"At that time she was suffering from delusions," Mr Atkinson said."She reported to a nurse during her subsequent in-patient admission to hospital that she had held Kingswealth under water for less than a minute when she believed that she was under surveillance."She said that she believed that there were people watching her and would harm her son."
Badare told a detention nurse similar story after her arrest in 2020, the court heard.She told Jacqueline Donohoe she attempted to drown her kid in 2017.Badare informed the arresting officer she'd killed her kid previously.Kingswealth was returned to his mother's care in March 2018 after she underwent treatment.
After therapy, Kingswealth was returned to his mother in March 2018.