A MOTHER claims she dumped her new born daughter in a rubbish bin after becoming ‘overwhelmed and distressed’ at having given birth alone on the floor of an apartment in San Sebastian.
The 28 year-old appeared in court in Gipuzkoa on Monday, charged with attempted murder with treachery and the aggravation of kinship, and faces up to 20 years in prison.
The court heard that on November 22, 2016, CCTV captured a female wandering around the streets of the Old Town San Sebastian at around midnight, and putting something in a bin near Zuloaga Square.
Two women passing by later heard the baby crying and called the police.
Officers discovered the new born, who still had part of the umbilical cord attached, wrapped in a blanket inside the waste bin, and an investigation was launched to identify the woman in the video images.
Months of examining the footage and interviews eventually led officers to a suspect and samples of both the child and the defendant’s DNA was compared.
They matched and the defendant was arrested.
According to Spanish reports, the accused, who is incarcerated in Martutene prison, appeared ‘regretful and repentant’.
She said she has no family in Spain, and has no contact with the baby’s father. The case continues.