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Mother found guilty of the manslaughter of her two-month-old baby

The body of the child has not been found.

italian woman Federica Boscolo-Gnolo Source: Met Police

A ITALIAN WOMAN has pleaded guilty to killing her baby daughter in London.

Appearing before the Old Bailey in London earlier today, Federica Boscolo-Gnolo admitted to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

On 24 January 2015 the mother had checked into the Lily Hotel along with her two-month-old daughter Farah.

Police say that she arrived at the hotel with only a few possessions, and later that same day was seen checking out without her daughter.

She then contacted her parents.

Concerned about the safety of their daughter and granddaughter, they flew to London five days later on 29 January.

They then took their daughter to Hammersmith police station, where she told detectives that her child had gone missing from the hotel room. 

She was later arrested in connection with Farah’s disappearance.

Despite an extensive search, the child’s body has never been found.

Speaking today, Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “This a tragic case for all involved and Boscolo-Gnolo with have to live with her actions for the rest of her life.

Farah had already been rejected by her father who chose not to be part of her life, she was then victim to the one person who should have protected her most. Boscolo-Gnolo’s parents now have to come to terms with losing their daughter, and their granddaughter who they were just getting to know.

Sentencing is set to take place on 8 April.

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