Dagenham father denies allowing death of his baby son

Chelmsford Crown Court, in Essex

Chelmsford Crown Court, in Essex - Credit: PA

A father from Dagenham will face trial after pleading not guilty to allowing the death of his baby son.

Muritala Olaiya-Imam, of Western Avenue in Dagenham, is accused of allowing Malik Goncalves to die in August 2020 at 11-weeks-old.

The 36-year-old denied the charge, as he appeared at a plea hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court today - February 24. 

He also denied cruelty to a child and perverting the course of justice.

Malik's mother Eloddie Goncalves, of Broadfields in Harlow, Essex, stands accused of murdering the baby. 

The 31-year-old was not present at today's hearing, and no indication of her plea was given.

Goncalves is also charged with causing the death of a child and cruelty to a child - both in respect of Malik.

She is also charged with assaulting an emergency worker and perverting the course of justice.

Both defendants were remanded in custody ahead of a trial, provisionally set for November 21, with a time estimate of five weeks.

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Essex Police said officers were called to reports of a child being ill at an address in Joyners Field, Harlow, on the morning of August 19, 2020.

The baby was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.