Woman who 'hid dead baby' to return home

Published Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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Bail conditions for an Irish backpacker accused of concealing the body of her dead baby in Western Australia have been changed to allow her return home.

Woman who 'hid dead baby' to return home
It's believed the 25-year-old had been travelling through Kimberley with friends (© Getty)

Lawyers for the 25-year-old woman told a Perth Court on Wednesday morning that there were concerns for her welfare and she needed to be with her family.

It is believed she had been travelling through Kimberley with friends without realising she was pregnant.

The baby died of natural causes after the woman gave birth in May in the remote outback town of Halls Creek. It is understood that the woman hid the body and didn't tell her friends what had happened for several days.

The law requires all births to be reported, however, and when the situation came to light the woman was charged with concealing the birth.

ABC News reporter Joanna Menagh said that she probably won't have to return to Australia until the case goes before a judge.

"The case is due back in October. It is unlikely she will have to appear back in Australia for, if you like, these interim court appearances.

"She could make arrangements or report to a local police station."

© UTV News
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Lorna in Belfast wrote (169 days ago):
wishing this girl all the best with her homecoming and hope she gets all the support she needs x
Caolan in Belfast wrote (169 days ago):
Good to see sensitivity from the Australian Courts. An absolute tragedy like this cannot be marked on this poor woman as a crime. She really reasonably panicked and was not aware, as I'm sure most people are not, of the laws and regulations of a country on the other side of the planet surrounding death in childbirth. I hope she can recover fully from this and I wish her and her family all the best from this horrific situation.
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