18 Sep 2012

Murder charge laid over newborn's death

7:59 pm on 18 September 2012

A woman has been arrested in the Hutt Valley and charged the murder of a newborn baby girl.

The Lower Hutt police say the 21-year-old is the mother of the child.

A Taita resident contacted police on Monday 10 September after discovering the dead baby wrapped in a towel at the back of her house.

Inspector Shane Cotter says the police are trying to identify the father and are waiting for the results of DNA tests.

The woman is to appear in the Lower Hutt District Court on Wednesday.