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Mum charged with murder after infant baby daughter found with throat slit at Wallsend near Newcastle
- The Daily Telegraph
- July 25, 2015
- Baby was found with her throat slit at Wallsend about 9am
- Mother was escorted screaming in handcuffs from the home
- Distraught friends and family comforted by emergency crews
- Family believed to be of Sudanese heritage
- Police looking into whether post natal depression was a factor
The woman’s sister-in-law rang emergency services about 9am after finding the baby girl inside the Wallsend home.
It is understood the woman’s husband and her seven-year-old daughter were at a local hospital for an appointment when the child was allegedly murdered.
The family had only been in Austrlia a year and police needed a French interpreter before charging her early Friday evening.
When ambulance and police arrived at the scene the baby was confirmed dead, a police spokesman said.
The mother was expected to undergo an assessment and will appear in Newcastle Court tomorrow.
Police taped off the street, and forensic officers are combing the crime scene.
Neighbour Ellen Graf said she was very upset by the alleged crime, in the usually quiet street.
She said she occasionally saw the mother with the newborn baby.
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“It happened at about 9 o’clock this morning,” she told the Daily Telegraph.
“Two ambulances came with their sirens blaring, then the police came.
“There was a lot of commotion around here.
“A neighbour of mine said they saw the mother come out screaming in hand cuffs.”
She said other elderly neighbours enjoyed seeing children playing in the neighbourhood.
“There were two girls and a boy who play together,” she told the Daily Telegraph.
“I don’t know if they are their children or other children in the family.
“But it was lovely to see the children playing.”
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
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