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Murder accused mother claimed toddler 'choked on bread'

Police officer said Sadia Ahmed showed no emotion when he arrived at her Glasgow home.

Court: Ahemd is accused of murdering her 14-month-old daughter (file pic).
Court: Ahemd is accused of murdering her 14-month-old daughter (file pic).

The mother of murdered toddler Inaya Ahmed told a police officer her daughter choked on a piece of bread.

Constable Ryan Bird was giving evidence at the trial of Sadia Ahmed, 27, from Glasgow, who denies killing her 14-month-old daughter at the family home last April.

Mr Bird told the High Court in Glasgow that as he arrived at the house on Bernisdale Drive, paramedics came running out the house carrying Inaya.

Prosecutor Paul Kearney asked the witness: "You could hear shouting and screaming coming from inside the house, is that correct?"

Mr Bird replied: "Yes. Some of it was in English but a lot was I think in Urdu.'

The officer told jurors there were at least six to eight people in the house and Ahmed was pointed out to him.

Constable Bird said he spoke to her in the kitchen and initially got no response.

'They usually feed her with syringes, however that day she tried to feed the baby bread but it wasn't eaten so she stuffed the bread down the baby's throat.'
Constable Ryan Bird

Mr Kearney asked: "What was her demeanour?"

Mr Bird replied: "Not much emotion at all."

Asked if there was any sign of tears or distress, the officer said: "No."

He added: "She said something along the lines of the baby has an eating disorder and she was trying to feed the baby.

"They usually feed her with syringes, however that day she tried to feed the baby bread but it wasn't eaten so she stuffed the bread down the baby's throat."

The prosecutor then asked what her demeanour was like as she said this.

Mr Bird told the jury: "There wasn't a lot of change. It was hard to detect any emotion.

"She looked down and wouldn't look me in the eyes."

Mr Bird told the court Ahmed said she had been feeding the toddler in her mother-in-law's bedroom, which doubled as a prayer room.

He said he had searched the room to see if there was any bread lying about but had not even found a crumb.

Earlier the court heard Ahmed's sister-in-law Shagufta had confessed to police that she had killed Inaya but she was never charged with any offence.

Ahmed denies all the charges against her.

The trial before judge Lord Matthews continues.

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