Teen girl who gave birth while babysitting told youngster it was a doll, and put newborn in bin

   2021-03-17 08:03

A TEEN girl who gave birth while babysitting told a youngster it was a doll and put the newborn in a wheelie bin, an inquest has heard.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wrapped him in a bundle of clothes and put him in a bin bag after unexpectedly going into labour.

A teenager who gave birth while babysitting put the newborn in a wheelie bin, an inquest heard
A teenager who gave birth while babysitting put the newborn in a wheelie bin, an inquest heardCredit: MEN Media

An inquest heard that Blackpool Victoria Hospital staff became suspicious and alerted the police when the young mum was treated later that day for vaginal bleeding.

Officers then found the infant’s body at the rear of her home.

The teenager had been left to babysit the little boy at around 10.30am and she is thought to have given birth about an hour later.

Video footage played to the court showed the boy telling police he had gone upstairs at around 12.55pm and found the girl curled up.

She was surrounded by bloodstains but the teen told him she had had a nosebleed.


The boy returned to the living room, and four minutes later the girl came downstairs and went into the kitchen.

It was around this time the boy said he heard the sound of a baby crying.

He went into the kitchen and found his babysitter sitting on a chair with a bundle of clothes in front of her on the table.

He said: “I went in and I was going to get a milkshake, and when I was walking back I saw two little feet and legs, and (my babysitter) said it was a doll. I heard whining like a baby.”

The boy went back into the living room and used his tablet to search whether 15-year-olds could get pregnant on Google.

He became “worried” when he learned they could and couldn’t understand why she had told him an “absolute lie”.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital staff alerted the police when the young mum was treated later that day for vaginal bleeding
Blackpool Victoria Hospital staff alerted the police when the young mum was treated later that day for vaginal bleedingCredit: Alamy

During this time he said he heard his babysitter opening the back door, and the sound of the back gate opening.

When he returned to the kitchen, the bundle of clothes – and “legs and feet” – had vanished.

The boy said there was “blood everywhere” and he started cleaning it up.

The hearing at Blackpool Town Hall heard the teenager told police she believed the baby was dead when she put him in the bin.

Coroner Andrew Cousins asked the now 18-year-old whether she covered the baby’s face with the plastic bag when she wrapped him up before placing him in the wheelie bin.

She denied this and said said she heard no sound from the baby and believed he was dead, though she did not check for a pulse.

“He wasn’t making any noise. He wasn’t moving at all,” she said.


At around 2.10pm, the girl’s mother arrived and noticed the bloodstains so went upstairs to check on her.

The young boy said he overheard the girl telling her mother she was bleeding because she had fallen over and broken something in the bathroom after suffering a dizzy spell.

She tried to convince her mother not to call an ambulance, but she did and they were taken to hospital.

She told medics she was sexually active and so there may have been a possibility that she was pregnant, but she denied knowing she was expecting.

The girl’s mother also suspected a pregnancy, but a test came back negative and so nurses began to suspect that there had been a concealed birth.

Police were alerted, and following conversations with the teenager they found “a full term baby boy in the wheelie bin wrapped in clothing, further wrapped in a bin bag”.

DCI Gareth Willis, who led the investigation into the death, told the court that on the day of the incident, the infant’s mum had made a number of Google searches.

This included “why have I got really bad stomach pains”, “why did blood with goo in it come from my vagina”, and “how to cut an umbilical cord”.

The DCI said he believed there was enough evidence to bring charges against her but following a CPS review the case was dropped.

The inquest continues.

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