Teens 'killed baby after secret birth'

A TEENAGE couple killed their newborn baby hours after a secret birth, a court was told today.

A TEENAGE couple killed their newborn baby hours after a secret birth, a court was told today.

The pair, who met on the internet, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today to deny murder.

Jurors were told that the 15-year-old mother and the 17-year-old father, who lived in Eye, colluded in the death of the baby boy last October.

The youngster had a fractured skull, serious brain damage and a broken right arm, a post mortem revealed.

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Prosecuting, Karim Khalil said that the young couple, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were the only people who knew of the birth.

He added: “It may be that they simply couldn't face the consequences of being so young with a baby. They were, we say, acting together.”

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The trial heard that the father told two of his brothers he had dumped the body in an alleyway near the house of his girlfriend's parents before leading them to an area where the baby was lying face down in leaves.

The teenager later called the emergency services at 12.40pm on October 7, saying his girlfriend had given birth at 2am and the baby had died.

The youths gave conflicting accounts of where the birth had taken place, with the father saying it had been delivered in a shed, while the mother said she had given birth in the toilet.

The court heard that the girl's mother had found blood in the bathroom of the family home.

The girl's parents had been at home on the night of the birth but had heard “nothing untoward”.

Jurors were told that the pair met on the internet and were sharing a bed at the girl's parents' house by the time she was 14.

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