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Man convicted of murdering toddler in Ilford

Nusayba Bint-Umar died from a traumatic head injury (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

A man has been found guilty of murdering a 16-month-old girl at his home in Ilford. 

Syed Mohammed Kamran Haider, 40, was convicted of killing Nusayba Bint-Umar at the Old Bailey yesterday. 

Haider first met the child’s mother through an online dating website and they entered into a relationship in August 2019. 

She moved into his home in Colinton Road with the promise of being paid to help him rear puppies.

However, Haider quickly became violent towards her with regular episodes of domestic abuse.

Syed Mohammed Kamran Haider will be sentenced tomorrow (Credit: MPS)

He was left to look after Nusayba on 28 August 2019 while her mother went to an appointment. While she was out Haider called her and claimed Nusayba had hurt herself. 

The mother returned home and found her child with a serious injury to her head and swelling. 

She tried to call an ambulance but Haider refused, suggesting that she should instead collect a baby pen to put Nusayba in rather than her walking around.

She called a taxi and took Nusayba to the hospital where she was admitted and stayed overnight. Nusayba was discharged the next day and her mother tried to find alternative accommodation for her but was unable to. 

On 13 September all three of them were at home when the mother heard Nusayba crying upstairs. She heard the sound of a slap after Haider had told Nusayba to “shh” and he then brought her downstairs. 

Nusayba’s mother cared for her but grew increasingly worried and went a bus stop where she called an ambulance. 

The London Ambulance Service rushed Nusayba to hospital where she was treated before being transferred to a specialist hospital in central London. 

Nusayba remained critically ill until she died in hospital at 6pm on 17 September. 

A post-mortem examination found she died from a traumatic head injury. 

Haider will be sentenced for the murder at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 30 March. 

In a victim impact statement, Nusayba’s mother said: “Nusayba was subjected to the most horrible experiences at the hands of this man towards the end of her life. I will never forget the events that led to her death for as long as I live. I vividly remember the things she suffered and that noise she made on the last day of her life will haunt me forever.

“There are also the other more obvious effects of this awful crime committed against my daughter. Things like I will never get to see her grow up, hear her first full sentence, see her first day at school, her first tooth loss, her first proper tantrum and all of the other beautiful milestones that a mother witnesses throughout her children’s lives.

“I will never get to hold her again or kiss her tiny hands, tickle her, put her in a pretty dress or buy her a toy that I know she wants, all of the most benign and underrated things that most take for granted as parents – these have been taken from me and cannot be given back. Something as simple as changing her nappy or doing her laundry is now a heart breaking memory for me and these are just some of the life-long impacts of this crime that I’m able to verbalise.

“There are a million more things I am not able to think of words for, to be able to really explain the immediate and life-long impacts of my daughter being murdered, not just for me but also for the rest of her family and we will have to live with these things for the rest of our lives.”

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