The teenage mother of a newborn baby boy whose body was left in a Newcastle backyard has been taken to hospital after she was found by police.
- Detectives found 18 year old mother in Penrith and took her to hospital for medical examination
- Police say the man who found the newborn’s body had “nothing to do with it” and is receiving counselling
- Post-mortem examinations to determine the cause of death could take weeks
A man found the baby’s body early on Tuesday morning at a house in the beachside suburb of Stockton.
After making a call for public assistance, Newcastle Police have identified an 18-year-old woman as the mother.
She was found in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith, about 190 kilometres from Newcastle, late on Thursday evening.
Police said she had spoken to officers, and investigators have ruled out any third-party involvement in the baby’s death.
“We managed to identify the mother of this little baby boy. [She was] not from this area but she has been visiting friends in both Newcastle and Penrith,” District Commander Brett Greentree said.
“Last night we received information which led us to an address in Penrith, and at that location we managed to speak to this 18-year-old female who we now believe is the mother of this child.
“First and foremost, our first request was that she receive medical assistance. The female was taken to a hospital where she’s being medically examined.”
Commander Greentree thanked the Newcastle community for helping to locate the woman.
He said they had “opened their hearts” on the case and his office had received a number of calls.
Commander Greentree said the man who found the newborn’s body on Tuesday was receiving counselling.
“A traumatic scene to come across. That male has nothing to do with this whatsoever. He’s receiving appropriate support,” he said.
Mother cooperating with investigation
The results of a post mortem examination and forensic tests to determine how the baby died could take weeks due to the number of tests pathologists will be required to conduct.
“It’s going to be a prolonged inquiry because a post-mortem examination [only] commenced yesterday,” Commander Greentree said.
“After recent discussion with the pathologists, it is going to be a matter of weeks before we can determine exactly what occurred.
“We’re going to be relying heavily on expert evidence from pathologists and forensic tests.”
Commander Greentree said the mother had cooperated with detectives in giving them her version of events, but said her health was always the police’s first priority in their search.
“That was one of our major concerns — the physical aspect. But certainly the mental aspect as well,” he said.
“Our number one priority upon speaking with her was to ensure that we took her to a hospital for both of those reasons.”