Rome mum goes to bar with dead baby in bag

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Authorities have ruled that the woman is sane and fit to stand trial. Gavel photo: Shutterstock
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A woman in Rome is facing manslaughter charges after allegedly killing her newborn baby boy, before taking his body to a bar in a plastic bag and throwing it in a bin.

Marika S, 25, is accused of killing her baby after giving birth to him at home in Rome’s Magliana neighbourhood on February 28th 2013. She had been living with her family and had kept the pregnancy secret from her parents and sister, Il Messaggero reported.

After giving birth she allegedly put the newborn’s body in a plastic bag and, the next day, took the corpse to a bar with her where she was meeting friends. The new mum then threw the body in a bin, the newspaper said.

Shortly afterwards a first aid team was called as Marika S had suffered a hemorrhage as a result of giving birth the previous day. She at first denied what had happened before directing medics to the bin.

The new mum was put under police guard in hospital before being transferred to a women’s shelter under house arrest. The case is now due in court where Marika S, deemed sane, is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter and concealing a body.

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Her lawyers deny she wanted to kill the baby, arguing that he was born blue and Marika S did not call an ambulance because she knew he could not be saved. 

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