Father force-fed his three year old a mixture of cereal and bread – causing his lungs to fill with the substance and drowning him in his food.

The toddler was allegedly regularly made to lie across his father’s lap as his cheeks were pinched together and the porridge-like mixture poured into his mouth from a cup, reports The Daily Mail.

The 32-year-old father, from north-west London, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with manslaughter and cruelty to a child.

Jurors heard that, after being forced to eat, the toddler sometimes vomited and ‘the defendant would become angry, and slap him or send him to bed’. But on one occasion it went ‘terribly wrong’, said prosecutor Simon Denison QC.

He said that, on November 27 last year, the defendant called for an ambulance and paramedics arrived to find the child lying on the floor in a nappy, showing no signs of life.

Mr Denison said: ‘There was a very large amount of vomit that looked like a porridge substance on his face and on his chest.

‘It was very difficult to clear his airway because of the amount of porridge-like substance that was in his throat. When CPR was attempted, more of the substance came out.’

He continued: ‘A post-mortem examination revealed that virtually all sections of his lungs were stuffed with recognisable food material.

‘He had aspirated, inhaled, breathed in, a large amount of the porridge-like mix into his lungs so that he had, in effect, drowned in his food.’

Jurors were told the youngster would be fed a blended mixture of bread, milk, Weetabix and oats – with rice pudding or spaghetti sometimes being added.

It is alleged that because of the way the youngster would have been laid across his father’s lap, he would not have been able to lean forward and cough up any food that went down the wrong way.’

Mr Denison said: ‘His distress would have been obvious as he kicked and wriggled to try and free himself, and, he being a large three-year-old boy, it would have taken force to restrain him.

‘But then as more food went into his airways and into his lungs, he would have been unable to breathe, and he would have gone limp and lost consciousness, with food blocking his lungs and his upper and lower airways.’

The defendant has denied the charges.

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  • This is child abuse in a big way. Some people shouldn’t be parents!


  • I hope they throw away the key for this man. Unforgivable and that poor boy, he would have been terrified. Not that I would do it or condone it now, but sometimes I wonder if we still had an “eye for an eye” like they did hundreds of years ago whether things like this would continue to happen.


  • God that is despicable.


  • Its so hard to even imagine what the Father must have been thinking. that poor little boy must have feared meal times and feared his Father. Doesnt mention his Mother but I hope she wasnt a part of this as well. it would be nice to think that he had a parent that loved him as he deserved to be loved.


  • OMG. This is wrong, sad, tragic, and absolute child abuse. That poor child. This would have been like torture, and from someone this child loved and looked up to. I’m disgusted, and so sad that this poor child was born into such tragic circumstances.


  • Port little guy


  • Poor little guy


  • How horrific !!
    Why oh why felt this father the need to do this ?! He doesn’t deserve the title father, how evil is he !


  • I think my brother in law (who no longer sees my daughter) force fed my youngest daughter when she was a toddler. After a visit at her auntie and uncles house while I was at family court she would no longer eat fruits or vegetables with outout gagging and throwing up. It took many years and a lot of patience to stop the gag reflex for veggies but she still hates fruit at 12. I figure at least I’ve won one battle. She eats her veggies every night. So to me its not surprising. I don’t believe it has anything to do with food its about control as I believe my brother in law to be abusive. As I said we have no contact with them now and I wish my sister had left him.


  • As has been said before – some people do not deserve to have children.
    What a horrible way for this poor little boy to die.
    The only benefit here is he will never have to suffer again – who knows what further torture he may have had to endure.


  • What a brute!!! How could he do that to his child. I would suggest that the little boy didn’t like the flavour of the food and refused to eat it, and nothing else was offered to him. When lungs are filled with fluid and in this case food, it causes what is known as secondary drowning.That’s why if anybody is found struggling or lifeless in water it is important to have their lungs checked even if they appear to be OK.


  • This is beyond words. To be honest I don’t think there is any other site that covers these stories so regularly. I find I go from normal to sick in the stomach and distressed every time the MoM newsletter arrives. I really like this site but these stories all the time are beginning to effect my sense of wellness and safety. This story is just so awful, rest in peace little one…


  • There’s no explanation as to why this father felt he had to feed his son in this way. Not that there’s any plausible excuse. Just disgusting!


  • It just doesn’t make sense,the poor child.


  • that poor little thing :(


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