Italian mum admits killing baby during London trip

Federica Boscolo-Gnolo Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Federica Boscolo-Gnolo had initially reported her daughter had been abducted from a hotel

A mother from northern Italy has pleaded guilty to killing her two-month-old baby during a trip to London.

Federica Boscolo-Gnolo, 32, was arrested in January 2015 after reporting daughter Farah was missing from a hotel in west London.

Farah's body, which has never been found, is believed to have been disposed of in the Russell Square area.

Boscolo-Gnolo, from Chioggia, denied murder but admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

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She had been living and working in the UK since 2013, and initially reported her daughter had been abducted from a hotel.

She had checked into the Lily Hotel near Earls Court with Farah on 24 January 2015.

Later the same day, she checked out without her daughter before contacting her parents in Italy.

They were concerned and flew to London on 29 January.

Psychiatric reports

They took Boscolo-Gnolo to Hammersmith police station to report Farah missing but detectives later arrested the mother over the baby's disappearance.

Despite extensive searches at the hotel and the local rubbish dump, the girl's body has never been found.

At the Old Bailey prosecutor Jonathan Higgs QC said her plea to the lesser charge was accepted in light of three psychiatric reports.

The defendant, who spoke only to enter her plea, was remanded into a secure hospital.

'Tragic case'

Det Insp Jamie Stevenson said: "This is a tragic case for all involved and Boscolo-Gnolo will 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 a 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."

The Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC adjourned sentencing until 8 April.

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