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Couple blasted over toddler neglect

A father and stepmother have been condemned by detectives for the "horrible" neglect of his toddler son.

Gnagne Sangare, 27, and her husband Adama, 36, were convicted of leaving Mohammed Diarra, now three, with horrendous injuries.

The boy suffered brain injuries, broken bones and damage to major organs in a campaign of neglect by the couple, officers said.

Sergeant James Willis, a child abuse detective at Scotland Yard, added: "This small child was horribly neglected by these parents and had suffered horrendous injuries.

"Thankfully they brought him into hospital that night and the medical professionals were able to spot this abuse before it went any further."

The abuse was exposed after the child was taken to hospital with breathing difficulties. Staff considered his injuries to be non-accidental and contacted police in March last year. Further medical investigations discovered that Mohammed also had a fracture to his right leg and previously broken ribs.

Gnagne Sangare denied knowing how the child could have received such extensive injuries and neither parent gave a plausible explanation as to how Mohammed was so severely injured.

She was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court on Monday of four counts of neglect in relation to Mohammed's broken ribs, broken leg, stomach injuries and brain injuries.

Adama Sangare was found guilty of one charge involving the broken ribs, and not guilty of neglect relating to the stomach injuries, brain trauma and broken leg.

The defendants, both from Winterbourne Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, have been remanded in custody for sentencing on July 11.

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