Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Depressed mum gassed infant son

The South Australian Supreme Court has heard that a woman was suffering from post-natal depression when she suffocated her seven-month-old son and gassed him with exhaust fumes.

Karyn Louise Kemp, 34, has been found not guilty to murdering her son Jacob at Cheltenham in January because she was mentally incompetent at the time.

A prosecutor told the court Kemp smothered the infant twice with a pillow, then left him in a closed garage with a car running for five hours.

The court heard she had taken 30 anti-depressant tablets and lay next to the car exhaust for the same amount of time.

A next-of-kin report has been ordered before the next hearing in February.

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