Charges dropped for Irish woman accused of hiding birth in Australia

Prosecutors in Australia have dropped the chargers against a 25-year-old Irish woman who was accused of hiding the body of her deceased baby.

The incident happened in May of this summer when the woman was backpacking in Hall’s Creek, Western Australia with friends where she delivered a baby that was either stillborn, or died after birth.

The woman, who said she had not realised she was pregnant, hid the body but days later told her friends what had happened and was taken to hospital.

As concealing a birth is illegal, the woman was arrested but was allowed to return home to be with her family while awaiting a trial.

However, it has now been decided that the charges against her will be dropped.