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Cruel Couple Swapped Twins Girls To Hide Horrific Abuse

11/10/2011 14:47 | Updated 22 May 2015
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A couple suspected of swapped their twin baby girls to cover up sickening injuries have been jailed for five years.

Mohammed Karolia, 29, and his wife Nafisa, 22, inflicted broken ribs, legs and arms on the little girl known as Twin M. The baby was also found to have injuries to her head, ears and nose.

She died at just seven months old.

The couple from Blackburn, Lancashire, were accused of plotting to hide the injuries from the authorities by swapping her with her twin sister, who the court was told, was loving cared for.

Taxi driver Karolia and his wife Nafisa were investigated by the police after the emergency services responded to a call that a baby girl had stopped breathing. The infant - Twin M - was taken to hospital but pronounced dead. A post-mortem found she had sustained more than 20 injuries, including a fractured rib, leg and arm caused by squeezing, twisting or shaking.

A social worker noticed differences in the head, weight and height measurements previously taken from Twin M which led Prosecutor Joe Boyd to tell the jury that when comparing this with growth charts for the twins, it was obvious the parents swapped the babies around in an attempt to conceal Twin M's injuries.

The Karolias had denied child cruelty.

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