1. Mum who dumped her newborn baby in a hospital bin avoids jail.
Mum who dumped newborn baby in Wigan hospital toilets spared jail https://t.co/5kR5qlQGRT
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A 27-year-old mother has been spared jail after she abandoned her newborn baby boy in a UK hospital bin, where he almost suffocated to death, BBC reports.
Orsolya-Anamaria Balogh pleaded guilty to attempted infanticide and was given 12 months community service by Liverpool Crown Court.
Balogh’s baby boy was found by hospital cleaning staff with his umbilical cord cut and with tissues in his mouth. She had been admitted to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary with abdominal pain and told staff there was no possibility she was pregnant.
The court heard the woman entered a hospital toilet cubicle at around 8:30pm, remaining there for almost two hours.
Judge Beil Flewitt GC revealed the baby was a “dusky blue colour” when he was found.
“It was the opinion of medical staff at the hospital that if the baby had not been found when he had he would have died,” he said.
“Thankfully the baby not only survived but is also now thriving.”
Psychiatric reports show the mother was in denial about her pregnancy and was “dissociating” from the experience.
“There is no doubt that your culpability is significantly reduced, albeit not extinguished, by reason of the fact that at the relevant time the balance of your mind was disturbed by the effect of giving birth,” the judge said.
2. “You killed my little boy”: Family lashes out at man charged over toddler’s hit-and-run death.
Michael Craig Bullock has been charged over the death of two-year-old Zane Colson, who was hit by a car outside his Adelaide home on Sunday, 7 News reports.
Neighbours tried to revive the boy – who was a twin – with CPR for about 10 minutes until the ambulance arrived, but he died at the scene.
The 52-year-old has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.