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Charges have been laid over the killing of a child in Newcastle, NSW.

Warning: This post describes the murder of a baby and will distress some readers.

The mother of a six-week-old baby girl found dead yesterday with her throat slit has been charged with the baby’s murder.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the mother – a 26-year-old Sengalese women – was taken screaming from the rental property in the Newcastle suburb of Wallsend and remained in custody overnight.

Police say she will today appear before the Newcastle Local Court.

The infant was killed after the father left the family home with another child, aged seven, to attend a doctors appointment. Police are reportedly investigating whether post-natal depression may have played a role in the baby’s murder.

Police told the SMH: “”It is a very tragic set of circumstances here today and we our hearts go out to other members of the family and friends of the family.”

Neighbours have described the family as lovely and happy. “The boys would wave, it was never any worry. It just came as an absolute shock,” one neighbour told SBS.

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Previously Mamamia reported…

A newborn baby girl has been found murdered in unbelievably horrific circumstances.

The six-week-old girl was found with her throat slit at a home in Newcastle, NSW this morning.

Police and an ambulance rushed to the Wallsend scene, Newcastle’s west, but but found the baby was deceased.

The Daily Telegraph reports a woman called 000 around 9am after finding the dead baby in a home in Curry Street in Wallsend.

Police and an ambulance rushed to the west Newcastle scene but but found the baby was deceased.

The street in Wallsend, Newcastle where the baby was found.

A crime scene has been established at the home, and the baby’s mother is currently being questioned by police at Waratah police station. The Daily Telegraph reports the woman is expected to undergo a psychiatric assessment.

It is believed the girl’s father was at the home where the alleged murder took place.

ABC News reports a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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