Nurse killed daughter, 2, before taking her own life after being suspended from the job

Shiwangi Bagoan and her two-year-old daughter were found at their home by their mother, who sounded the alarm, but paramedics failed to save any of their lives, an inquest has found

Shiwangi Bagoan with her toddler Ziana
Shiwangi Bagoan with her toddler Ziana

A nurse killed her baby daughter before taking her own life using drugs from her hospital after being suspended, an inquest has found.

Shiwangi Bagoan, an anaesthetist’s assistant at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was found dead in December 2020 with her two-year-old daughter Ziana.

The couple were found by the toddler’s grandmother, Jassumati Lalu, at her family home in London and ambulance crews were unable to save their lives.

Jassumati had phoned the home after they became increasingly concerned about her well-being and found a suicide note addressed to her mother, My London Reports.

In the letter, Shiwangi apologized for putting her mother through “a lot” and said she’s taking Zia with her “because I don’t want to be selfish about leaving her to you.”

The couple were found at their home, but paramedics were unable to save their lives


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An investigation into the deaths revealed that Shiwangi had visited her place of work in the middle of the night on December 11 and entered the operating theatres, in the area where the drugs – later revealed to be the cause of death – had been kept.

They were kept in a fridge with a combination lock that Shiwangi could access.

Detective Sergeant Terry Goodman, the lead officer investigating the case, said: “Investigations revealed that vials of medication were stolen from West Moreland Street Hospital, from a locked cabinet to which Shiwangi had 24-hour access.”

Police also spoke to a number of witnesses during their investigation, including her partner Joseph and Ziana’s father Jijesh. Then it became clear that Shiwangi had previously attempted suicide.

Messages between Shiwangi and her partner were uncovered showing that she had “fought to get through the day”.

One read, “You know I’m stressed, at least just be here with me.”

The inquiry was heard at the West London Coroners Court



Another said: “I’m really struggling to cope with this. I told you I had all these hopeless thoughts and you didn’t take notice.”

On the afternoon of December 9, she sent her then-boyfriend Joseph a picture of a note she had written to her daughter expressing how she felt she was a “bad mother,” the court heard.

Two days before her death, she sent another message imploring Joseph: “Please come home today.

It was concluded that Ziana was “unlawfully killed” and that Shiwangi died by suicide.

The medical cause of death was given as “respiratory failure due to drug poisoning” for both Shiwangi and Ziana.

Lydia Brown, West London Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, told the court: “It is heartbreaking for you to have lost not just one, but two family members in such difficult circumstances.

“I’m sure those who knew Shiwangi and Ziana felt those losses so badly.”

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