Aunt found guilty of killing seven month old niece

A 31-year-old woman has been found guilty at Leicester Crown Court for the manslaughter of a seven-month-old baby in Lutterworth.

Seven-month-old Phoebe was in the care of her aunt, Chuanfang Zheng when the incident took place.

The court was told Phoebe was “in good health and acting normally” when she was left with the babysitter. Her parents were working next door in a Chinese takeaway.

However within 30 minutes, Phoebe had suffered “significant bleeding” on the brain and was unconscious. The injuries were consistent with being shaken vigourously.


With the baby in her arms, Ms Zheng ran next door to the takeaway.

They rushed Phoebe to hospital where medical staff made extensive efforts to save her. However, Phoebe died some days later from her injuries, never regaining consciousness.

It was discovered the baby suffered non-accidental brain damage, most likely to be caused by being shaken “repeatedly, vigorously and aggressively.”

Detective Chief Inspector Natalee Wignall led the investigation. She said: “This has been a long investigation to find out what happened to this little girl and the circumstances which led to her death”.

She added: “While the result today won’t bring Phoebe back, justice has been done and a jury has found Zheng guilty of manslaughter”.

Zheng has been remanded and will be sentenced on 24 February at Leicester Crown Court.