Who was Asiah Kudi?
Asiah Kudi was the daughter of Verphy Kudi, a teenage mother who reportedly wept in the dock today as she admitted killing her 20-month-old daughter who starved to death while she was miles away partying during a six-day bender to celebrate her 18th birthday. Daughter Asiah died at a flat in a supported housing block in Brighton in December 2019 after being left alone for six days with no food or water.
Teenage mother Verphy Kudi has admitted causing the death of her 20-month-old daughter Asiah in Brighton. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Lewes Crown Court, which heard the death was the result of neglect. https://t.co/0LxAPn8vtb
— BBC Radio Sussex (@BBCSussex) March 26, 2021
How old was Asiah Kudi?
Asiah was born on March 22, 2018 and was only 20-months-old when she died.
Verphy Kudi Missing
Cameras showed Kudi leaving the building on December 5 at 5.39 pm. .She did not return until December 11, when at 6.06 pm she dialed 999 telling a call handler her baby would not wake up. A few days later, staff at the Brighton mother and baby unit for teen mothers.
Data gathered by Sussex Police showed Kudi had been at parties in London, Coventry and Solihull before returning to Brighton. Kudi admitted the manslaughter of her daughter between December 4 and 12. Asiah was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.
Asiah Kudi Death
The mother was seen on CCTV leaving the flat on her birthday before attending parties in London, Coventry and Solihull – more than 150 miles away in the Midlands. A post-mortem examination and forensic tests found that Asiah starved, was dehydrated and developed flu.
Her cause of death was given as neglect.
The baby was not under a child protection plan or assigned to a social worker. Kudi’s flat was one of eight a housing complex run by YMCA DownsLink to house vulnerable young families on behalf of Brighton City Council.
Update: Verphy Kudi Brighton
Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership (BHSCP) has launched a serious case review. YMCA DownsLink staff are located at the entrance to the complex at all times. The charity said the flats themselves are independent units so are not regularly inspected.
Today, Kudi appeared at Lewes Crown Court to enter a guilty plea to manslaughter as her father watched on. Speaking after the hearing, Muba Kudi, 59, said: ‘My heart is so broken. My daughter was missing. She had been missing since the age of 14.’
After returning home from the party spree, Kudi called 999 saying her baby would not wake up. Asiah was taken to Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton but was declared dead on arrival. Today, Kudi held her hands to her face after the charge of manslaughter was read to her.
Verphy Kudi Family
Wearing a plain black top and black trousers with a blue medical face mask, she wiped a tear from her eyes as her father looked on from the public gallery. Muba Kudi – Verphy Kudi’s father – sat with his arms crossed throughout the short hearing at Lewes Crown Court.
Asiah was born on March 22, 2018 and was only 20-months-old when she died. It is not clear who the baby’s father was. She had been living at the flat in Brighton with her mother where they had been housed by social services since September 30, 2019.