Woman pleads guilty to infanticide in caravan toilet block

A woman has admitted to killing her newborn baby when she was a teenager and leaving the boy in a basin at a caravan park toilet block in WA almost 25 years ago. She was just 14 when she committed the crime in Kambalda, in WA's Goldfields region, in July 1995.

Cold Case Homicide Squad detectives charged the unnamed woman with wilful murder. However, on May 14 2020, the offence was discontinued and she instead pleaded guilty to infanticide. On July 6 2020, her case will return to Perth Children's Court for a status conference.

In 2019, detectives travelled to regional Victoria to charge the woman, who has other children. She was extradited to WA then granted bail and allowed to return to Victoria.

Judge Gillian Braddock described the case as "traumatic and tragic", saying the woman was also a victim of crime, as she was 13 when the baby was conceived. The baby did not have a name, but others have referred to him as Rijul, meaning "innocent" in Hindi.

Judge Braddock said the case was unlike anything she had come across before in this jurisdiction.

In 2019, a man, who also cannot be named, was charged with historical child sex offences in connection with the case. He was in a relationship with the teenager's mother and she regarded him as her stepfather.