Rachel Tunstill. Picture: Lancashire Police Facebook
Rachel Tunstill. Picture: Lancashire Police Facebook

Mother stabs newborn with scissors, throws body in bin

A MOTHER who stabbed her newborn baby to death with scissors and then dumped the body in a kitchen bin has been given life behind bars. 

Rachel Tunstill, 26, knifed Mia Kelly more than 15 times in the bathroom of her home in Lancashire, England, before wrapping her in plastic bags and disposing the body.

Tunstill, who worked in mental health before being arrested over the horrific incident claimed she had no memory of the murder. 

Preston Crown Court was told the care worker called for her partner Ryan Kelly, who was playing on his games console, to pass a pair of scissors into the bathroom, The Sun reports

He said he had no idea his partner of nine years was giving birth and thought she was dealing with a miscarriage he believed had occurred six weeks earlier, BBC reports

"The victim was a baby who had barely taken its first breaths," the judge said after the jury handed down its guilty verdict. 

Tunstill then fell to the floor sobbing as Justice Davis continued: "What you did was to take the life of a newborn baby."

He added there was "no way of knowing why this happened" and opined: "It is a truly distressing, dreadful crime."

Detective Chief Inspector Jill Johnston, in a Facebook post by Lancashire Police said: "This was a truly horrific incident involving the callous and brutal murder of a defenceless new-born baby. I cannot begin to understand why Rachel Tunstill committed this horrendous act."

"The person who should not be forgotten in this is the victim. This poor child should have been able to look to Rachel Tunstill for the protection and love of a parent. Instead this defenceless baby found herself subjected to the dreadful injuries which sadly caused her death.

"My thoughts remain with the wider family of baby Mia who have been through so much over the last year. They have conducted themselves with tremendous dignity and I hope that this conviction and sentence can offer them some comfort as they try to move on with their lives."

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