Irish woman 'hid baby's body in Australia'

Published Friday, 08 August 2014
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An Irish woman has been charged with hiding the body of her newborn baby in Western Australia.

Irish woman 'hid baby's body in Australia'
It is understood that the woman must stay in Perth while the case proceeds. (© Getty)

It is believed the 25-year-old had been travelling through Kimberley with friends without realising she was pregnant.

The backpacker is understood to have given birth in May in the town of Halls Creek.

It is reported the baby died of natural causes and the woman hid the body and didn't tell her friends what had happened for several days.

However, the law requires all births to be reported.

When the situation came to light the woman was charged with concealing the birth.

The woman appeared in court in Kununurra at the end of last month, when the case was referred to Perth.

She is due back before a judge later this year.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

It is understood the woman has to remain in Perth while the court case proceeds.

Erin Parke, news reporter with ABC News in Western Australia, said that the woman was home alone when she gave birth.

"The baby was either stillborn or died soon after birth," she told UTV's Dublin radio station, FM104.

"There is no suggestion that there was any foul play in regards to the death of the child."

© UTV News
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8 Comments
jo in belfast wrote (102 days ago):
a jail sentance? think this poor woman needs help ans support not put in jail!! no1 in the right mind can put this woman in jail, wat she must be goin thru ryt now. terrible, so sad
Kevin in Belfast wrote (105 days ago):
There is no feeling on earth as that of losing a child god help her i hope she gets the support she needs
martine in antrim wrote (106 days ago):
Think she needs help dealing with this rather than putting her inside it must of been a shock to give birth to a baby you nether knew you were carrying and to be on her own as well she must of been so scared and her mind wouldn't of been in the right place it would be wrong for her to get sent down for this x
Lorna in belfast wrote (107 days ago):
Poor woman, I hope she can get the support she needs and can bury her wee baby so she can start to deal with the obvious trauma.
Caolan in Belfast wrote (107 days ago):
Realistically there isnt a person on Earth who would put this woman in jail for her (non)actions. I cant say I would know what to do. Poor girl.
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