Mother charged with baby’s murder

Dominion Post 19 Sep 2012
A young mother has been charged with murder after her newborn baby girl was found dead and wrapped in a towel in the Hutt Valley.

A 21-year-old Taita woman was charged last night after her baby girl, thought to be less than a day old, was discovered by a woman who was hanging out washing on her Taita Drive property on Monday morning last week.

Police are now trying to establish the identity of the father.

“The circumstances surrounding the baby girl’s tragic death have been fully investigated by police,” Hutt Valley tactical response manager Inspector Shane Cotter said.

“Part of the investigation has been to determine the identity of the father of this baby. We believe we know who this man is, but we are awaiting DNA results to confirm paternity.”

He would not say whether the man would face charges in relation to the baby’s death.