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Durban -  A Verulam mother who dumped her newborn baby girl in the bin in January knew the baby was alive when she did it. 

The 31-year-old, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the Verulam Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, said she expected the baby to have been removed by the waste services when she did it. 

In her guilty plea read out by attorney Ricky Ramouthar the woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her minor children conceded that her actions were unlawful. 
 
The woman said she became depressed when she told her boyfriend that she was pregnant and he refused to support her. 

"My partner informed me that he was not interested in continuing with our relationship. He elected no to support me in my pregnancy and he severed our relationship."

She said she did not seek any prenatal care for her pregnancy. 

She said a few days before she went into labour, she found that the baby was not moving. 

On January 14 the woman said she gave birth at her home without medical intervention. 

"I took a bath to clean myself and thereafter I wrapped the child in my clothing and some paper. I placed the child in a refuse bag and placed the bag along the road. I admit the child was indeed alive."

Magistrate Betty Rawheath accepted her plea and convicted her accordingly. 

The matter was adjourned to June for sentencing. 

Her bail of R1000 was extended. 

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