GLENARDEN, Md. (ABC7) — Wednesday may have been the saddest day ever on Fiske Avenue.
“It's just wrong. It's just wrong,” said Mark Watson. “That’s a baby. That’s a baby.”
Neighbors in this quiet Glenarden subdivision are still stunned by the death of eight-month-old Enita Salumbi, and the arrest of her accused killer, her live-in nanny, Oluremy Oyindasola.
“I was heartbroken when I found out the baby's dead, because we knew her,” says Kurt Wanzer, a family friend. “That was my little sweetie. she was a little fat, cute, happy. You speak to her, smile, she'd laugh.”
Prince George’s County police say around 3:30 Monday afternoon, Oyindasola was napping on a couch, when Enita, in a toddler walker, came over, crying.
Charging documents say the nanny first tried using a baby bottle to quiet the child.
When that didn’t work, she allegedly pulled off the nipple and poured milk into Enita’s mouth.
“She fed her one bottle very forcefully, and then followed up with a second bottle right after that very forcefully, causing the baby not to breathe and suffocate on that liquid,” says Corporal Harry Bond, a Prince George’s County Police spokesperson.
For 25 seconds, the papers say, Enita squirmed and struggled, and then became unresponsive.
Investigators say twenty minutes later, Oyindasola called Enita’s father, Joseph, who called 911 on his way to the house.
“I've heard that baby crying, but babies cry, so I never really thought nothing about it,” Watson says. “Then after hearing this, it’s sad.”
Police say the baby died of asphyxiation.
Her family declined to speak with reporters.
Neighbors say they are just devastated.
“If that’s true, it’s sad, it’s very sad,” Watson says. “She should be held accountable for it.”
Oyindasola is now being held in the county holding center, on a $1 million bond.
She faces murder and child abuse charges.
Police and the public are grappling hard with the loss of this young life.
“It’s a tragic, tragic story,” Bond says. “It’s the last call a parent wants to receive.”
Oyindasola has been charged with second degree murder, first degree child abuse resulting in death and other related charges.
Police are currently holding Oyindasola in the Department of Corrections.
Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to call: 301-772-4925.
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