- Orsolya-Anamaria Balogh, 27, admitted trying to kill her newborn baby son
- She gave birth in hospital toilet cubicle and abandoned her child in a bin
- Balogh attended Wigan Infirmary last summer complaining of vomiting
- The baby was found in a 'dusky and blue' state by hospital staff but survived
Orsolya-Anamaria Balogh, 27, pictured, admitted trying to kill her newborn baby by abandoning him in a bin in a hospital toilet cubicle
A mother who admitted trying to kill her newborn baby boy by abandoning him inside a bin in a hospital toilet cubicle has walked free from court today.
Romanian Orsolya-Anamaria Balogh, 27, of no fixed abode, pushed tissues into the mouth of her son after giving birth in the cubicle at Wigan Infirmary shortly after 8.30pm on July 5 last year.
But, after spending the equivalent of a 12-month prison sentence at Styal Prison in Cheshire, she avoided jail at Liverpool Crown Court today after Judge Neil Flewitt QC handed her a 12-month community order.
The judge told the mother had already served a sentence that was 'greater than she would have received' for the offence while in custody.
Balogh had pleaded guilty to attempted infanticide at an earlier hearing on October 16 last year.
The court heard the 'disturbed' mother had attended the Wigan Infirmary at 7.30pm complaining of vomiting symptoms but denied suggestions from staff that she could be pregnant.
She left the hospital at around 10.30pm after spending two hours in the toilet cubicle – where she cut the umbilical cord and placed the baby in a black bag inside a bin.
He was discovered in a 'dusky, blue state' by a hospital cleaner shortly afterwards after being deprived of oxygen.
Following the discover, Balogh was arrested by police but continued to deny that she had given birth.
However, the court heard this claim was debunked after she was examined by a midwife before she a scan confirmed that she had recently delivered a child.
Experts insist that she was suffering a dissociative episode at the time that caused her to go into denial about her pregnancy.
The baby, who was taken into care following the incident, is now 'thriving' and Balogh has been able to undertake two supervised visits with the child.
Balogh, pictured, avoided jail after spending the equivalent of a 12-month jail sentence at Styal Prison in Cheshire while awaiting her court hearing, and was instead given a 12-month community order and a rehabilitation requirement
Liverpool Crown Court, pictured, heard Balogh was 'disturbed' at the time of the incident
The tearful mother, who was dressed in a green coat over a black and white shirt and blue jeans, spoke only to confirm her name and address with the help of an interpreter during the 30-minute hearing.
Steven Swift, defending said: 'The defendant was in a disassociated state at the time of the birth and she has come a long way from the state she found herself in at the time.
'She has fully co-operated with the hospital's mental health staff.'
Judge Flewitt sentenced Balogh to a 12-month community order requiring her to reside at an address in Leeds for three months as well as undergoing a 10-day rehabilitation requirement.
The court also heard the mother, pictured left with a friend and right outside the court, had been allowed two 'supervised visits' with her 'thriving' child
Judge Flewitt, addressing Balogh, said: 'You are a lady of previous good character who has been educated to a relatively high degree.
'There is no doubt that your culpability was significantly reduced but not extinguished as your balance of mind was disturbed by giving birth.
'Furthermore, the harm that you caused in this case was minimal, though the intended harm to kill your child was great.
'In this case, happily your baby survived and is doing well.
'Further to this, I shouldn't wish to take a course of action that will stand in the way or hinder your ability to establish or maintain a relationship with your child.
'If I was to prevent contact in this nature then I would be depriving your son after he started life on such dramatic fashion.
'I am going to impose a community order upon you.
'In this case, anyone may think that you are not being punished for the offence but I would like to make it clear that the time you spent in custody was probably a greater punishment than you would have received for attempted infanticide anyway.'
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