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Mum, 24, charged with murder after ‘walking into hospital with dead newborn baby in her arms’


A YOUNG mum charged with murder allegedly walked into a hospital with her dead newborn baby in her arms.

Shauna Donnelly, 24, is accused of murdering Ellis Donnelly on October 3 last year in Teesside.

The mum attended James Cook University Hospital carrying the tot, who is believed to have been a day old, it is said.

But baby Elliswas found dead on arrival - with Donnelly placed under investigation by police following medical examinations.

Donnelly appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court yesterday morning charged with one count of murder.

She then later appeared at Teesside Crown Court with no plea entered at either hearing.

Judge Paul Watson QC said: "The defendant attended at hospital on October 4
last year with a newborn baby, probably born a day or so before.

"Sadly Ellis, the newborn, was found to be deceased on arrival at hospital."

The court was told Donnelly is a vulnerable person with some learning disabilities.

Donnelly was released on bail under the condition she follows a 4pm to 6am curfew.

She is due to appear at the same court for a hearing on June 10.

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