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An 18-year-old teen has said she gave birth to an infant while she was babysitting and put him in a bin because she thought the boy was dead.
An inquest into the baby's death at Blackpool Coroners Court heard how on August 9, 2018, at the age of 15 she had gone into labour in a back room of her home while looking after a young boy.
The court heard how after giving birth the baby was put in a wheelie bin and found wrapped in clothes and a plastic bag.
Police were only alerted by the incident after staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital became suspicious when the teenager arrived at the hospital later that day with vaginal bleeding, reports the Metro.
On the day of the birth, the teen was babysitting a young boy who explained to police, in a video shown in court, that at around 1pm he went upstairs and found the girl curled up on a bed with bloodstains around her.
After being told it was a nose bleed he went back downstairs but a few minutes later the girl went into the kitchen and around the same time he heard a baby cry.
After he went into the kitchen he saw two feet and legs poking out of the bundle of clothes but the girl said it was a "doll".
A short time later he heard the teenager opening the back door and leaving the house leaving some bloodstains in the kitchen.
In reply to Coroner Andrew Cousins' questions, the teenager said she did not know if she had covered the baby’s face with the plastic bag when she wrapped him up.
She told the court she believed the baby was dead as he was not moving or making any sounds.
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According to LancashireLive, the postmortem was unable to confirm the cause of the child’s death although it was noted the placenta was small.
Coroner Andrew Cousins said: “Baby Oliver died as a result of natural causes and plastic bag asphyxiation.
“He was born in a poor condition and his health was deteriorating. Some time after 1pm he was placed into a plastic bag and placed in a wheelie bin.
“On the balance of probability, Oliver was alive when he was placed in the plastic bag but exhibiting minimal signs of life.”
If you have been affected by this story, advice and support can be found at the Miscarriage Association. You can call them on 01924 200799 or email [email protected]
Support can also be found at Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity). You can call them on 0808 164 3332 or email [email protected]
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