Woman sentenced to 12 months for concealing her dead baby in a drain

02/10/2017

Sinead Connett (29) from Hertford, has been sentenced to 12 months at Grimsby Crown Court today after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to concealing the birth of a child.

After giving birth to a full-term baby boy in August shortly after returning from a holiday in Turkey, she drove from Hertfordshire to her parents' home in Grimsby with the body of the baby in the boot of her car.

Knowing they were away, she disposed of the body in a drain at their property. Her actions have meant that it has been impossible to establish whether the child died before or shortly after his birth.

The baby, wrapped in a black bin bag, was not discovered until three years later, when a plumbing engineer was called by Connett's parents to investigate a blockage in the drain. DNA testing confirmed the baby was the child of Connett and her partner, now her husband, was the father.

Jeremy Evans, from the CPS, said: "This defendant told numerous lies in an effort to conceal her pregnancy, and she told lies to the police, initially claiming she had been raped. Only when confronted with clear evidence of her lies did she confess that this was untrue.

"Her hugely irresponsible and callous actions have triggered a very long and expensive police investigation, and she only admitted her guilt at a very late stage in the proceedings.

"She has now been sentenced to 12 months, and we hope this case will demonstrate the criminality of such actions, and what the consequences can be."

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Jeremy Evans is a Crown Advocate with the Crown Prosecution Service Yorkshire and Humberside