Irish woman 'hid baby's body in Australia'

Irish woman 'hid baby's body in Australia'

An Irish woman has been charged with hiding the body of her newborn baby in Western Australia.

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."


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