Hundreds of babies are abandoned every year in South Africa.
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South Africa does not provide safe alternatives for desperate mothers. Babies are abandoned in places such as open fields, dustbins and pit latrines.
A court has ruled that pre-existing mental health problems can be taken into account.
Rachel Tunstill, 26, killed Mia Kelly soon after giving birth to her in the bathroom of her flat in Burnley, Lancashire, in January 2017.
The killing of a newborn baby by its mother is the most shocking of crimes - but more needs to be done to understand the mental condition of the women that do it.
Why is it we feel sympathy for George Eliot’s Hetty Sorrel, but judge women who abandon their babies in real life?
Stories of child abandonment in fiction have remarkable parallels to the real life experiences.
In South Africa, many child homicides are the result of children being abandoned.
The high rate of child homicides in South Africa shows that reproductive, mental health and social services are failing to help vulnerable mothers.
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