A 27-year-old unemployed Christchurch woman who disposed of her baby's body has been sentenced to 12 months' supervision and ordered to undergo counselling.
The baby boy's body was found at a boarding house in the suburb of Sydenham in February. He had been born about halfway through last year.
The child's mother pleaded guilty to disposing of the body between July and August to conceal the fact of the birth.
She was granted permanent name suppression.
Judge Michael Radford said the charge itself revealed a very sad and unfortunate set of circumstances, and the court was the last place where the facts of what had happened needed to be publicly dissected.