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Rubbish chute baby's mother jailed

A mother who threw her newborn baby down a rubbish chute has been jailed for two-and-a half years after being found guilty of inflicting bodily harm.

Jaymin Abdulrahman denied the charge, along with one of attempted murder and a separate charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to her six-day-old daughter, whom she threw down the chute at a block of flats.

A jury of seven men and five women found the 25-year-old guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm but cleared her of the two other charges at Birmingham Crown Court.

The baby, whose name cannot be published for legal reasons, suffered skull fractures and brain injuries after she fell more than 40ft into a bin store at a block of flats in Wolverhampton last September.

Judge Mrs Justice Kate Thirlwall said she accepted that the incident was not premeditated and that Ms Abdulrahman was suffering from post-natal psychosis - a severe form of post-natal depression - at the time. But sentencing the Iraqi national, she said: "You will have to live with the consequences of your actions for the rest of your life. As you said yourself, you were her mother. You should have been her guardian."

The trial heard Abdulrahman placed her daughter in a black binliner and put it in the rubbish chute six days after giving birth to the child last September.

Abdulrahman initially told police that her child had been kidnapped by strangers but the baby was found a few hours later by her husband at the bottom of the chute on September 8. The infant suffered "catastrophic" brain injuries in the fall from the fifth floor of the block of flats to the bins below.

Following the verdict, prosecutor Andrew Smith QC told the court there was a high risk of the baby experiencing learning difficulties in the future due to the brain injuries she sustained. He said the child was developing signs of a severe form of cerebral palsy and that she would be dependent on others for support for the rest of her life.

During the trial the court heard Abdulrahman had been suffering from a post-natal psychosis - a severe form of post-natal depression - at the time of the incident. Giving evidence, Abdulrahman said she had put her baby into the chute but said she had not planned the incident and had "lost control of her thoughts".

Jailing Abdulrahman for 30 months, Mrs Thirlwall said: "You have expressed your remorse and I accept it is genuine." The judge told Abdulrahman she must serve half of her sentence before she can be released on licence.

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