Care home worker charged with murder of baby found dead in Hampshire park

A care home worker has appeared in court charged with the murder of a newborn baby whose body was found in a park.

Babita Rai is accused of causing the death of the unnamed infant, who was discovered in Manor Park, Aldershot, Hampshire, on May 19 2017.

The child, who was referred to by police as Baby M, had suffered blunt force injuries to the head and is believed to have died within six hours of being born.

The 23-year-old defendant, who is from Nepal, wore a face mask for the hearing at Winchester Crown Court (pictured).

Judge Jane Miller QC adjourned the case for a plea hearing on August 19, with a trial date of January 12.

She told Rai through an interpreter: “We have finished the hearing for today. I have not granted you bail but your solicitors, your lawyers, will make the application again when they have more information.”

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