Agbogba carer to be tried by High Court for manslaughter

A carer who allegedly caused the death of an 11-month-old girl at a nursery school in Abgogba, Accra, is to be tried in the High Court.

Clara Ayan Ampah, will stand trial in the High Court for manslaughter in July this year. A district court in Adenta conducted committal proceedings last Tuesday following the attorney general’s advice that the accused should be charged with manslaughter.

Clara had previously been charged on a provisional basis with causing damage through negligence.

Closed circuit television (CCTV) captured Clara shoving food down the toddler’s throat at school, where she worked.

The baby was pronounced dead when she was taken to North Legon Hospital.

Clara was arrested after the little girl’s parents reported their daughter’s death to Agbogba police on May 18, 2021.

A police report indicates that the father of the victim, on May 18, 2021, reported to the police in Agbogba that the school management called him to inform him that his daughter was sick and was taken to North Legon Hospital and was pronounced dead on Arrivals.

A team of police investigators went to the hospital and examined the body of the victim, after which they transported him to the morgue of the police hospital.

An autopsy was performed on the little girl’s body after which she was handed over to the family for burial.

The school owner later gave police CCTV footage from the day of the incident, which revealed how Clara had handled the baby.

In the video, Clara was seen trying to force a food substance from a cup, believed to be porridge, into the victim’s mouth as she held the baby’s hands tightly behind her.

She was also seen pushing the baby’s head into the cup in an attempt to get the little girl to eat, while the helpless baby, who appeared to be suffocating, screamed and jerked her leg.

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