A teenage mother has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after her 4-month-old baby starved to death.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted killing the baby at a hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

She also pleaded guilty to two counts of child cruelty in relation to two other children.

Police were called to an address at Ackroyd Road, in Forest Hill, south London, by London Ambulance Service on 4 October 2013 to reports of a baby taken ill at a London hospital.

The baby was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead soon after arriving.

A post-mortem found the cause of death to be severe acute malnutrition and dehydration.

The child's death was investigated by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command who arrested the woman. She was 18 at the time of her arrest, on 4 October 2013. She was taken into custody and subsequently charged.