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Mother concealed babies' remains
Ann Mahoney (South Wales Echo/PA)
Ann Mahoney hid the bodies of her children in attics
A former nurse has pleaded guilty to concealing the birth of three of her own children following the discovery of babies' remains in two attics.

Ann Mahoney, 63, of Merthyr Tydfil, admitted three counts of endeavouring to conceal the birth of a child at the town's crown court on Friday.

The court heard that the babies had been stillborn and were Mahoney's own children.

She will be sentenced on 23 September following the preparation of reports.

Mahoney was arrested and charged in May following the discovery in March of a baby's body in a suitcase in the attic of one of her former homes in Penyfan View on Merthyr's Gurnos estate.

Following the discovery of two more bodies at her current home in nearby Forsythia Close, she was charged earlier this month with two further counts of concealing a birth.

A court heard that Mahoney told police that all three children were her own.

The house in Penyfan View where the baby's remains were found
The first baby's body was found in a suitcase in Penyfan View

Janet Treharne, defending, said: "The basis of plea is that she was the mother of all three children, that each child was stillborn."

The court was also told that the Crown Prosecution Service accepted the babies were not born alive.

Mother-of-two Mahoney was a school governor and won a good citizen award three years ago for her work in the community in Merthyr.

The first offence occurred between January 1959 and March this year and the second two took place between January 1959 and May this year, the court was told.

Mahoney was released on bail on the same conditions that were imposed at an early hearing ahead of sentencing next month.

She must live at a bail hostel, obey hostel rules and be indoors at certain times.

She is also banned from entering Wales unless she is attending court.


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