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Teenage mother charged with attempted infanticide.

Grandmother saves baby from infanticide attempt.

A Southland baby owes its life to its grandmother who intervened during her own daughter’s attempt at infanticide. The teenage mother, who last month admitted a charge of attempted infanticide, was today sentenced to two years’ intense supervision when she appeared at the High Court at Invercargill.

Justice John Fogarty said infanticide, by its very nature, enabled the court to take into account the 19-year-old’s mental state at the time of her offending. “The offence recognises young mothers do get into a disturbed state of mind.”

He declined to go into details of what had happened but did say the woman’s mother had intervened to save the life of the child. The court heard the woman had experienced a troubled upbringing, having attended up to 30 different schools, been exposed to violence, different religious influences and was the victim of rape.

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