Mother who put dead baby in garbage sentenced
Saskatoon woman, who was 17 at the time, gets two years probation
A Saskatoon woman who put her dead newborn baby in a dumpster has been sentenced to two years probation.
The woman, who was 17-years-old at the time of the 2010 incident, pleaded guilty earlier this year to the charges of neglecting to obtain assistance in child birth and concealing the body of a child.
The provincial court judge said the woman had no previous record and her young age contributed to bad decision making.
Leslie Sullivan, the woman's lawyer, said the woman feared she would be thrown out of her home if she had a baby out of wedlock.
"The environment that she was living in was such that she would have been essentially excommunicated from her family and that was what she had to deal with," Sullivan said.
Sullivan said rehabilitation is what the youth court is focused on, rather than punishment.
"The focus is on the youth and doing whatever the court can do to assist the youth in not having a situation like this happen again," Sullivan said.
The woman will need to take counselling and report to the court.
At the end of October, 2010, police first received information that the teenager gave birth to a baby girl earlier that month and put the dead child in a garbage container outside her home. The container was then picked up by a city garbage truck and taken to the landfill.
Police and cadaver dogs searched an area the size of a football field for seven days. Officers didn't find any evidence.
Upon further investigation, police laid charges in March, 2013.