Mum forced new­born to drink bleach

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A TEENAGE mum has ad­mit­ted forc­ing her new-born baby to drink bleach.

On Tues­day, Jan­uary 12 the Old Bai­ley was told the child was given the bleach within ‘mo­ments or min­utes’ of birth.

The 17-year-old, from West Dray­ton, who can­not be iden­ti­fied for le­gal rea­sons, se­cretly gave birth in a bath tub. She was orig­i­nally charged with at­tempted mur­der, but the al­le­ga­tion was dropped af­ter she ad­mit­ted child cru­elty.

Med­i­cal re­ports con­cluded that the mother suf­fered an ‘acute stress re­ac­tion’ fol­low­ing the birth.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ed Brown QC said: “Where the de­fen­dant ac­cepts putting, in her words, a drop of bleach in the baby’s mouth, the Crown does not ac­cept that el­e­ment of the of­fence.

“If the de­fen­dant had in fact killed her baby I am sat­is­fied that she would have sat­is­fied the cri­te­ria for a charge of in­fan­ti­cide.”

The girl sat out­side the dock and spoke only to en­ter a plea of guilty to the charge of child cru­elty.

Judge Re­becca Poulet QC said that ‘very un­usual cir­cum­stances’ sur­round­ing the case meant sen­tenc­ing should be de­layed un­til next month.

The girl was bailed to at­tend Isle­worth Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 29 to be sen­tenced.

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