Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Mother gets good behaviour bond

A Lake Macquarie woman who admitted dumping the body of her newborn baby at Belmont has been given a good behaviour bond by a Newcastle court.

The 33-year-old woman who cannot be identified pleaded guilty to dumping her newborn baby in a vacant lot beside the Pacific Highway at Belmont in December last year, after earlier giving birth in a nearby hotel.

Newcastle Local Court was told today a coroner's report confirmed that the baby died soon after the mother had given birth.

Magistrate Elaine Truscott told the court she was satisfied the mother was suffering from depression and post traumatic stress at the time and had very little recollection of the events.

Ms Truscott placed the woman on an 18-month good behaviour bond and an inquest into the baby's death which was due to commence on August 8 will not proceed.

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