Lincolnshire mother, 17, admits killing baby son with tissue

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A teenage mother from Lincolnshire has admitted killing her newborn son by pushing a tissue down his throat.

The mother, who is now 17, wept in the dock at Lincoln Crown Court as she pleaded guilty to infanticide. She had previously denied a charge of murder.

The boy died last September from choking, the court was told.

Sentencing of the girl, who cannot be named because of her age, was adjourned until 8 September for probation and psychiatric reports.

'Horrible and tragic'

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This sad and horrible case has had a massive impact on the family and she'll have to live with it for the rest of her life”

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Paramedics were called to the mother's home in south Lincolnshire in the early hours of 5 September 2013, but the baby boy suffocated.

The girl, who was 16 at the time, admitted infanticide whilst the balance of her mind was disturbed by virtue of not having fully recovered from the effect of his birth.

Det Ch Insp Tony Heydon, of Lincolnshire Police, said the original decision to charge the mother with murder was based on evidence they had at the time.

Subsequently they received guidance from the Director of Public Prosecutions that the mother should be charged with infanticide.

"These are really rare instances," said Mr Heydon. "This sad and horrible case has had a massive impact on the family and she'll have to live with it for the rest of her life."

The mother has now been remanded into the care of the local authority.

Infanticide is defined in the 1938 act as a woman causing the death of her baby under one-year-old while "her mind was disturbed by reason of her not having fully recovered from the effect of giving birth to the child".

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