19 Sep 2012

Woman in court charged with baby's murder

5:11 pm on 19 September 2012

A woman accused of killing her newborn child has been granted interim name suppression at a hearing in the Lower Hutt District Court.

The woman, 21, has been charged with murdering the baby on 8 September.

The charge of murder was laid after the body of a newborn baby girl was found in the yard of a Hutt Valley home.

As she entered the courtroom, the accused woman smiled at a large number of supporters who were in the public gallery.

However, she wept quietly throughout the rest of the hearing, as she stood in the dock.

The woman did not enter a plea and Judge Carrie Wainwright remanded her to reappear in court on 2 October.

The judge suppressed all other details of the hearing.