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Dead newborn's mother remanded in custody

A security guard on duty in the back yard of a house where the body of the newborn baby was discovered in Lower Hutt. Photo / Mark Mitchell
A security guard on duty in the back yard of a house where the body of the newborn baby was discovered in Lower Hutt. Photo / Mark Mitchell

A Hutt Valley woman has been remanded in custody after appearing in court today charged with the murder of her newborn daughter.

The 21-year-old Taita woman was granted interim name suppression when she made a brief appearance at Lower Hutt District Court.

She was remanded to an address that was also suppressed and will reappear on October 2.

The body of the infant, believed to be less than a day old, was found wrapped in a towel at a Taita Drive property last Monday.

A woman in her 60s found the baby's body in her back yard as she went to hang out her washing.

Investigation head Inspector Shane Cotter said the young mother had no connection to the people living at the property where the baby was found.

"The circumstances surrounding the baby girl's tragic death have been fully investigated by police.''

Police believed they knew who the baby's father was but were awaiting DNA results to confirm paternity.

- APNZ

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