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Last Updated: Monday, 6 March 2006, 15:53 GMT
Woman sentenced over baby death
A woman who admitted the manslaughter of her new-born baby daughter has been placed under a three-year community rehabilitation order.

Tamanda Chisambo, 25, originally from Malawi, was arrested in December 2004 after a baby's body was found in a house in Dovecot, Liverpool.

Chisambo, who was living in Levenshulme in Greater Manchester at the time, admitted manslaughter in June 2005.

Sentenced on Monday, she was sent to a probation hostel for treatment.

Kept birth secret

Passing sentence in London, Judge Rhys Everson Davies told Chisambo she would have to live the rest of her life knowing what she had done.

When she pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court last summer the court heard Chisambo had kept the birth a secret and then abandoned the baby, whose body was found at a house in Woodhurst Crescent, Dovecot.

Chisambo served the equivalent of a two-year jail sentence on remand before being released to a hospital for assessment.

She will now receive treatment and medication for depressive illness during her rehabilitation into the community.

Judge Davies said the offence was committed against a background of "shock, depression, deprivation and isolation" suffered by the mother.


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