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Woman charged over 1995 murder of newborn in Kambalda

Woman charged over 1995 murder of newborn in Kambalda

10.9.2019

Woman charged over 1995 murder of newborn in Kambalda

A woman, who was 14 at the time, has been charged with the murder of a baby boy in 1995 in outback Western Australia.

A 38-year-old woman has been charged over the cold case murder of a newborn baby in outback Western Australia. Key points: A woman, who was 14 at the time, has been charged with the murder of a baby in 1995 The body of the child was discovered in a toilet in a Kambalda caravan park The 38-year-old woman is being extradited from Victoria The body of the baby boy was found in 1995 at a caravan park in Kambalda, 600 kilometres east of Perth. WA Police said detectives travelled to Victoria today, where they charged the woman with one count of wilful murder. It is alleged the woman, who was just 14 at the time, gave birth to the child just hours before the boy was found dead. "Given the age of the woman at the time of the child's birth, an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the conception of the child has been commenced and is ongoing," a police spokesperson said. The woman will be extradited from Victoria and is due to appear in the Perth Children's Court on Thursday. A mystery for two decades The dead newborn was found in a toilet by a cleaner, who immediately notified Paul McGeever, the proprietor of the Kambalda Caravan Park at the time. Mr McGeever told media in 1995 he was suffering nightmares for days after the incident. Newspaper reports showed extensive publicity and police doorknocks"failed to turn up any clues to the identity of the mother". "Hospital officials said the woman's life may be at risk if she did not seek medical attention immediately," a Kalgoorlie Miner article said at the time. Read more: ABC News

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