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Mother: 'I killed my baby boy'.


A YOUNG mum secretly gave birth to a baby son in her bedroom - and then smothered him.

Beverley West, 21, placed her hand over his nose and mouth then wrapped the tiny newborn up in pink pyjamas and hid him in her wardrobe.

But a suspicious midwife alerted police and when West was quizzed, she admitted: "I panicked. I had the baby, I killed it, it's in the bedroom."

At the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, West admitted the culpable homicide of the boy at her parents' house in Buckie, Banffshire, a year ago.

Advocate depute Angela Grahame said West, who kept the pregnancy secret by wearing baggy clothes, tried to fool midwives by claiming she had an abortion in Flordia.

Police were called when West failed to attend a health clinic.

West, who suffers from avoidant personality disorder, agoraphobia and panic attacks was allowed to remain on bail as Lord Hodge deferred sentence until next month for further medical reports.


DEATH: West's house
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2006
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