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Teen mum put bleach in mouth of newborn

By Emily Pennink

Published 13/01/2016

A 17-year-old girl has admitted pouring bleach into the mouth of her baby just moments after giving birth in secret
A 17-year-old girl has admitted pouring bleach into the mouth of her baby just moments after giving birth in secret

A 17-year-old girl has admitted pouring bleach into the mouth of her baby just moments after giving birth in secret.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, kept her pregnancy from her parents and on August 10 last year the little boy was born unaided in the bathroom of her family home.

Within "minutes or moments", she poured domestic bleach into the mouth of her newly born child, prosecutor Edward Brown QC told the Old Bailey.

The child was badly scalded on the mouth and lips but survived after hospital treatment.

The girl, from west London, was charged with attempted murder but at a hearing yesterday the prosecution accepted a guilty plea to child cruelty.

Mr Brown told the court that the decision was based on two psychiatric reports as well as consideration of the defendant's young age and background.

Sentencing was adjourned until a date to be fixed in February at Isleworth Crown Court.

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