7 Jun 2016

Trial begins for woman accused of baby manslaughter

11:56 am on 7 June 2016

The trial of a Taranaki woman accused of the manslaughter of her six-week-old baby is beginning in the High Court at New Plymouth today.

The baby died at a private address in Taranaki in early February last year.

The 38-year-old woman, who has interim name suppression, is charged with not providing necessary care and failing to protect the child from injury.

Wide ranging suppressions are in place.

The woman is represented by Susan Hughes QC.

The trial before Justice Brown and a jury of six men and six women is set down for two weeks.