Lincolnshire teenager pleads guilty to infanticide

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A teenager has admitted choking her newborn son to death.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named due to a court order, wept in the dock at Lincoln Crown Court today (Monday) as she pleaded guilty to infanticide.

She admitted causing his death by pushing a tissue into his throat, causing him to suffocate, while the balance of her mind was disturbed having not fully recovered from the effect of giving birth.

Paramedics and emergency services were called to a house in a village near Bourne on September 4 last year, following a call to the NHS non-urgent 111 number.

The girl, who was 16 at the time, previously denied murder and had been due to stand trial today.

Mrs Justice Thirlwall adjourned the hearing for probation and psychiatric reports.

The girl was remanded to the care of the local authority and will appear back in court for sentence on September 8.

Speaking after today’s hearing DCI Tony Heydon said: “This is a truly tragic case in which a newborn baby has very sadly lost its life and the family involved have been severely affected.

“We pursued the murder case based on evidence we were presented with at the time until we received guidance from the Director of Public Prosecutions that this case should be an infanticide, with which I am happy. That plea acknowledges that someone has been held accountable for the sad death of this baby.

“This is a timely reminder to raise awareness around the help that is available to young mothers. For some young girls an unexpected pregnancy is likely to be very daunting but I urge them not to take any drastic action and to talk to people close to them. If possible, start with family and friends or teachers and from there make contact with your local GP and agencies such as Lincolnshire County Council, both of which will be able to offer a wealth of advice and support and discuss possible options.

“Instances such as this tragic case are very rare and I hope to never see another like it.”

Police advised anyone with questions on teenage pregnancy to visit