Plumstead baby nearly killed after botched circumcision by Nigerian ‘nurse’

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A two-month-old baby was nearly killed after a Nigerian 'nurse' was paid £100 to perform a circumcision at his Plumstead home.

Taiwo Shittu, aged 55, of Atwood House, Dulwich, has been jailed for 30 weeks after pleading guilty to GBH at Woolwich Crown Court.

On November 23 last year, the baby boy was brought into Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s A&E department in Woolwich by his parents who were concerned about the amount of blood he was losing following the procedure.

Doctors examined the child and deemed his condition to be life-threatening. He was immediately transferred to Guy's and Thomas' for emergency surgery, where a team of plastic surgeons attempted to rectify the damage caused to his penis.

Due to the seriousness of the child's condition, specialist detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation.

The parents of the child told officers they had arranged for Shittu - whom they named 'Ms Alhaja' - to perform the procedure at their Plumstead home and had paid her £100.

Efforts to trace Shittu began immediately and she was arrested in Dulwich on December 2 last year after ignoring all requests to make contact with officers.

Her home address was searched and officers found medical paraphernalia including hospital grade antibiotics and surgical scissors.

Shittu stated she was a nurse and midwife in her native Nigeria and that she had performed many circumcisions there and in the UK since her arrival in 2004.

Detective Sergeant Kam Sodhi of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Shittu claimed to be an experienced nurse but she has no medical qualifications either as a nurse or midwife in the UK.

"The care she provided in the course of the procedure was so bad that it not only put a very young baby in a life threatening condition but it amounted to a serious crime.

"This was a medical procedure which, like any other, carries a risk. She failed to properly manage it and because of this caused the baby a serious and permanent injury."

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10:21am Sat 12 Apr 14

ksc says...

STUPID IGNORANT PARENTS, "here you go luv, here's a hundred quid, do us a bigee and and hack my baby's penis about with a Stanley,could ya" when god invented stupidity, these two inbreds barged their way to the front of the queue and were there with time to spare. Old Florence Nightingale got 30 weeks, the baby could have died, so if it had of died, Miss Shittu, (very apt name) would probably have got anything up to 35 weeks, I really do despair.
STUPID IGNORANT PARENTS, "here you go luv, here's a hundred quid, do us a bigee and and hack my baby's penis about with a Stanley,could ya" when god invented stupidity, these two inbreds barged their way to the front of the queue and were there with time to spare. Old Florence Nightingale got 30 weeks, the baby could have died, so if it had of died, Miss Shittu, (very apt name) would probably have got anything up to 35 weeks, I really do despair. ksc
  • Score: 71

11:37am Sat 12 Apr 14

GustavusAdolphus says...

totally agree; in fact, I would prosecute any parent who has someone slice up their child's genitals. Accepting the wide range of cultures that make London an interesting place to live, doesn't mean letting individuals mutilate babies and claim it's their 'culture'. If you try to emigrate to Canada, they have a warning on the first page that genital mutilation is illegal and parents who do this will be prosecuted and deported. I doubt whether Ms Shitt, convicted child abuser and fake nurse, will be deported...

For all of you who've languished on the waiting list for 20 years, note that this criminal's address is a council flat... :-(
totally agree; in fact, I would prosecute any parent who has someone slice up their child's genitals. Accepting the wide range of cultures that make London an interesting place to live, doesn't mean letting individuals mutilate babies and claim it's their 'culture'. If you try to emigrate to Canada, they have a warning on the first page that genital mutilation is illegal and parents who do this will be prosecuted and deported. I doubt whether Ms Shitt, convicted child abuser and fake nurse, will be deported... For all of you who've languished on the waiting list for 20 years, note that this criminal's address is a council flat... :-( GustavusAdolphus
  • Score: 80

11:41am Sat 12 Apr 14

SidcupResident says...

No deportation order as usual......
No deportation order as usual...... SidcupResident
  • Score: 111

1:41pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Joelo says...

30 weeks? You couldn't make it up!
30 weeks? You couldn't make it up! Joelo
  • Score: 61

2:11pm Sat 12 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Again, this country's justice system does little to deterrent would be butchers from other countries posing as medics in this country. After that extremely short sentence given, ole Shittu should be sent back to Nigeria, we have no need for her here nor any other would be nurse/doctor practising the same type of abh in the name of their culture.
Also, the parents should be made to cough up money for the time/expense/medicat
ion and other services provided by our nhs in this instance. They must know by now that UK does not tolerate this kind of child abuse and they have just crossed the line as per. Either they pay for the service they have used or confiscate their home and deport them also.. People from outside UK willing to abuse their children as such and expect us to pick up their tab, have no place in this country.
Again, this country's justice system does little to deterrent would be butchers from other countries posing as medics in this country. After that extremely short sentence given, ole Shittu should be sent back to Nigeria, we have no need for her here nor any other would be nurse/doctor practising the same type of abh in the name of their culture. Also, the parents should be made to cough up money for the time/expense/medicat ion and other services provided by our nhs in this instance. They must know by now that UK does not tolerate this kind of child abuse and they have just crossed the line as per. Either they pay for the service they have used or confiscate their home and deport them also.. People from outside UK willing to abuse their children as such and expect us to pick up their tab, have no place in this country. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 91

8:41pm Sat 12 Apr 14

allinone says...

Nigerian... what's that got to do with it...?
Nigerian... what's that got to do with it...? allinone
  • Score: -11

10:32am Sun 13 Apr 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Welcome to multi-cultural Britain. Thanks Blair and Brown.
Welcome to multi-cultural Britain. Thanks Blair and Brown. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 103

6:14pm Sun 13 Apr 14

shabina says...

the parents to this little innocent baby are just as bad and selfish as the fake nurse .. the parents need jail too. the baby needs to be taken off the parents
the parents to this little innocent baby are just as bad and selfish as the fake nurse .. the parents need jail too. the baby needs to be taken off the parents shabina
  • Score: 54

9:56am Wed 16 Apr 14

shabina says...

who removed my post then ... The fake nurse, is a sex offender and placed on the sex offender register .. this woman needs sending back to Nigeria ...once she is free, the fake nurse will only do more operations on innocent kids, and who knows the next baby could actually die !!!
who removed my post then ... The fake nurse, is a sex offender and placed on the sex offender register .. this woman needs sending back to Nigeria ...once she is free, the fake nurse will only do more operations on innocent kids, and who knows the next baby could actually die !!! shabina
  • Score: 15

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