Woman who left four-year-old brain damaged with insulin injections convicted
A woman who injected a four-year-old child with insulin, leaving her brain damaged and severely disabled, has been convicted of her crimes.
Chantell Graham, 33, administered insulin to the child, who was not diabetic, on two separate occasions in June 2016.
Following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court, which concluded today [Tuesday, 16 July], she was found guilty of one count of administering a poison or noxious substance with intent, one count of administering a poison or noxious substance so as to endanger life and cruelty to a person under 16 years.
After administering the insulin, phone data analysis showed Graham had searched phrases such as 'can tongue biting mean seizures?' and 'can a seizure cause brain damage?'
A video of the child suffering a seizure on a hospital bed was also found on Graham’s phone. It had been sent to a friend too.
Cindy Fayefunmi, from the CPS, said: "This was a despicable act against an innocent young child who was once described as bright and articulate with no speech defects or behavioural problems. She has now been left with significant long-term damage from which she may never recover.
"Graham denied administering the insulin and claimed it must have been someone else, but the prosecution was able to prove that it was Graham who was in fact responsible for the cruelty.
"I hope this conviction provides some comfort and a sense of justice to all those who love and care for the victim."
Graham will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on 6 September.
Notes to editors
- Chantell Graham [DOB: 06.11.1985] is from Tottenham in the London borough of Haringey
- Cindy Fayefunmi is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Crown Court Unit for CPS London North.