BIRMNGHAM, UK, June 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Officials in Birmingham, England, say a six-day-old baby has survived multiple skull fractures and brain injuries after her mother threw her down a 44-foot-long trash chute in her apartment building.
Her mother, 26-year-old Jaymin Abdulrahman, reportedly pushed the girl down the long shaft that leads to the dumpster from the fifth floor of her flat building in Wolverhampton. The baby struck a metal plate at the bottom of the ramp that diverted her tiny body into the rubbish.
The newborn reached speeds of roughly 30 miles per hour after her mom tried to dispose of her daughter last September 8, according to experts who recreated the event with a lifelike dummy.
Abdulrahman, an Iraqi-born woman who speaks Kurdish, initially told police her daughter had been kidnapped, but police say they found the mother's fingerprints on trash bags surrounding the child.
The baby was rushed to Birmingham Children's Hospital, where she has spent months in the intensive care unit.
The mother, who is accused of attempted murder and attempting to pervert justice, has maintained her innocence.
Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC said on Tuesday, “The reason why she decided to place her daughter in the rubbish chute may never be known.”
The incident is the latest in a rash of mothers disposing of their babies by placing them in the trash.
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Earlier this month, 27-year-old Shavaughn Robinson was charged with murder for allegedly giving birth to her daughter in a toilet, then throwing her body in a dumpster in Richmond, Virginia.
In May, police say 19-year-old Cherlie Lafleur tried to flush her baby down the toilet before disposing of her in a trash can inside McCaskey East High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
In February, Houston police found the remains of a baby in a dumpster after a 29-year-old woman performed a dangerous self-abortion.
Some abortion providers advise young women to flush their babies down the toilet or throw the body into the trash if they are born alive during abortions. In April, an undercover investigator with Live Action filmed a counselor at Dr. Emily’s Women’s Health Center in the Bronx telling her “If it comes out, then it comes out. Flush it if anything, you know, put it in a bag or something or somewhere and bring it to us.”