A teenager who choked her baby and left her body in the toilet block in Kambalda, WA was spared prison
Teenager who killed her baby and left the body in a toilet block is spared jail for being impregnated by her pedophile stepfather
- A woman choked her baby when she was 14 to hide her stepfather’s abuse
- DNA evidence led detectives to sue the woman for the 1995 murder
- She pleaded guilty to infanticide and received a 16-month suspended sentence
A victim of child sexual abuse who admitted that she killed her newborn baby when she was a teenager in Western Australia, and then left the baby’s body in a toilet block in a caravan park, has been spared the prison.
The woman cannot be named because she was only 14 when she choked the child in July 1995 in Kambalda, in the Goldfields region of WA.
Investigators from Cold Case Homicide Squad accused her of intentional murder last year after her DNA was linked to evidence collected from the scene 24 years earlier.
The deliberate murder offense was ended and she pleaded guilty to infanticide instead.
The woman admitted that she choked her newborn baby before dumping the body in a toilet block at Kambalda Caravan Park (pictured) in 1995 after being impregnated by her stepfather
In the Perth Children’s Court on Monday, Judge Hylton Quail sentenced the woman to a 16-month suspended sentence.
Prosecutors did not request an immediate prison sentence, as the child’s conception was the result of persistent sexual abuse at the hands of the suspect’s stepfather, who has since been charged with historical child crimes.
The court heard that the then teenager’s actions had been an attempt to conceal her pregnancy and the birth of her child.
Pregnancy recognition and seeking help would likely have exposed the crimes of her stepfather, a person she “wanted to protect because of the corrupt relationship he had built with her,” the prosecutors said.
The court heard that the mother suffocated her baby, revealing the abuse of her stepfather
The investigators traveled to regional Victoria last year to charge the woman who has other children.
She was extradited to WA, but was bailed and allowed to return to Victoria.
The baby had no name, but others called him Rijul, which means ‘innocent’ in Hindi.
Judge Gillian Braddock, who oversaw an earlier hearing, previously described the case as “traumatic and tragic,” saying the case was unlike anything she had previously encountered in this jurisdiction.