A mother who pleaded guilty to neglect after a newborn baby was found dead in Bury was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment today.
Fatima Ali, 27, concealed the birth of her child, who died shortly after being born, and wrapped the baby in cloth before leaving in the corner of a garden on September 6 2010.
The owner of the house on Tinline Street discovered the baby and alerted emergency services however paramedics were unable to save the child.
Divisional Commander of Bury, Chief Superintendent Jon Rush, said: "This is a tragic case which has touched everyone involved.
"It was a thorough and painstaking investigation, which was undertaken with great sensitivity. It impacted on the local Asian community in East Bury and I want to thank them for their support.
"There is no doubt that Fatima could not speak openly about her pregnancy with her family and friends. Ultimately she gave birth on her own without the necessary medical or mutual support.”
Ali was sentenced for 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and a 12-month supervision order at Bolton Crown Court today.
Chief Superintendent Rush added: "If you are pregnant and you feel anxious it is very tempting to think you are on your own, but there are lots of people who can provide help and advice.
"Speak to your local GP, they can put you in contact with health visitors, midwives and other health professionals who can provide support and talk though your specific concerns and needs."