A MUM who wrapped her baby in plastic bags and left her to die after forcing an object down her throat to stop her crying has today been jailed for 18 years.
Hannah Cobley, 29, dumped her newborn daughter in the bushes after inflicting severe head injuries on the premature baby.
She was jailed for a minimum term of 18 years at Leicester Crown Court on Friday, after her conviction after trial, Leicestershire Police said.
During the trial, the mum had claimed she didn’t know she was pregnant after a one-night stand with a stranger.
But it was later revealed she had searched phrases including “signs of stillbirth”, “how long a baby can survive without being fed” and “what happens when a newborn baby is dropped”.
Leicester Crown Court had previously heard how the unnamed child suffered a catalogue of injuries including a three skull fractures, bruising, cuts and bruises, as well a brain injury.
Shockingly, an object had been forced down the child’s throat after she had been born prematurely at 32 weeks.
During her police interview, Cobley admitted she had given birth but said the baby was not crying or moving so she put her in a bag and placed her in the garden.
The four week trial heard that the baby girl was found in the bushes next to a shed outside Cobley’s parents’ farmhouse on April 30, 2017.
Opening the case at the start of her trial, prosecuting barrister Jonas Hankin QC said: “Ms Cobley did nothing to ensure her baby lived.
“On the contrary, the prosecution case is that Ms Cobley, with chilling clarity of purpose, deliberately and intentionally killed her baby.”
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Jon Blockley said: “This is an extremely sad and tragic case which has resulted in the death of a newborn baby girl, born at 32 weeks.
“Hannah Cobley had previously denied being responsible for her baby’s death but, following this investigation, has today been found guilty of murder
Cobley could have sought help from her own family or professionals, but instead took actions into her own hands.
“This decision meant a newborn baby girl was denied her life.”
Mr Blockley added: “My thoughts remain with all those affected and I want to thank everyone who assisted in this investigation providing information as well as to all the police officers and staff who worked tirelessly on such a devastating case.”