A mother hid the body of her dead baby in a drain after giving birth. Now, she was jailed for 12 months.
The woman, Sinead Connett, 29, keep her pregnancy as secret from her family and friends. She gave birth to the child in the bathroom of the home she shared with her unsuspecting boyfriend.
She then hide the body of her dead child in the boot of her car and three days later drove 160 miles to her parents’ home in Grimsby.
Before shoving the baby into a garden drain, she concealed him in a towel and three Marks and Spencer’s plastic bags, an act a judge described as ‘conduct so dreadful that it almost defies description’.
Later, after four years, it is still unknown how exactly the baby died after the mother wove a web of lies in police interviews, during which she claimed to have been raped by a cab driver while drunk after an office party.
Sinead Connett has been jailed for hiding the body of her baby boy, who was found in a drain three years later
During the investigation, she told the officers that she had gone into labour on a flight home from a holiday to Turkey and gave birth to her son – but he was stillborn.
The court was told that he was born full-term weighing just over 3lbs.
Jeremy Evans, prosecutor said the baby was found to have a fractured skull, although this may have been caused by a shovel used to extract his body.
Due to the decomposition of the body no cause of death could be found and the judge said it will never be known if the baby could have been saved by medics.
Three years later the body was found by a plumber investigating a drain blockage.
The university graduate, who was working in Tesco’s HR department, denied all knowledge but DNA evidence revealed her to be the mother.
She then invented lies and claimed to have become pregnant after being raped by a cabbie while drunk after an office party.
After her so much of lies, the truth was uncovered by police, who cried as she was jailed for 12 months after admitting concealment of a birth.
Ignoring pleas for mercy, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told her: ‘You are the architect of this deplorable situation and you must be punished.’
Her parents Stuart and Anne Connett, of Grimsby, and her boyfriend Jonathan Layfield, whom she has since married, had no idea she was pregnant or had given birth. Connett had given ‘health’ reasons for having a bloated stomach.
The baby boy’s body was found in this drainage pit at the bottom of Connett’s parents’ garden
She told that she went into labour on the plane back from Turkey in August 2013 with Mr Layfield.
Connett told the police that he was the father and she feared a baby would ruin their relationship.
She was also ‘very career-minded’ and was afraid of losing her job in redundancies in her department at the time.
In February 2016, the discovery shocked Connett’s parents, both teachers in their 60s, and they helped police to unravel the mystery.
When the DNA tests on a blood-stained towel were done it showed that Connett was the mother. The police launched a major inquiry, when she lied about being raped. Connett claimed she had not wanted to report the attack or keep the baby because of it.
Detectives doubted Connett’s story and further DNA tests showed Mr Layfield was the baby’s father. Eventually Connett confessed, saying: ‘I’ve done something terrible.’
Police were called after a plumber investigated a drain blockage at the family home in Grimsby
Grimsby Crown Court was told that her pregnancy confirmed by a GP in January 2013 but delayed going to an abortion clinic until May.
She lied about her dates and said it was ‘not the right time to have a baby’. Staff refused to carry out a termination as Connett was 28 weeks’ pregnant.
Nigel Sloane, defending, said she had lost her job and good character. The court heard that the baby has now been given a dignified burial.
Judge Jeremy Richardson said: ‘You deceived everyone in a latticed web of lies. You are the architect of this tragedy.
‘As a consequence of your truly deplorable conduct you have brought misery and shame on you and your family.’
The judge added: ‘There is no escaping the fact that your dead son lay buried in a drain at your parents’ home for three years. You put him in that drain.
‘You deprived your dead son of any dignity. Many would describe your conduct as wicked.
‘You wanted to conceal the pregnancy, the birth and the death of your son. Your conduct was truly deplorable.’
She managed to hide her pregnancy, the birth and the death of her son from her whole family, including her now husband, who she married in November last year.
The dead body of the child have been placed in the drain at the property in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, on August 9, 2013, but wasn’t found until almost three years later on February 11, 2016.
Initially, when the police questioned she denied the baby was hers.
Her mother later told the police that her daughter was ‘career minded’ and didn’t want any children at this stage in her life.
Forensics officers at the Connetts’ home after the discovery of the baby’s body last year
When she was pregnant, she even went on holiday to Turkey and the court heard it was likely she was in labour during her flight home from Turkey on August 6, 2013.
She in her final interview, eventually told officers that she gave birth to a stillborn baby boy on August 9, 2013 in the bathroom of her flat in Margate, Kent, without any medical assistance.
After the birth, she cleaned up herself and hid the body in the boot of her car.
On August 9, she dumped the baby’s body in the drainage pit at the back of her parent’s modest-sized property in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
When her father Stuart phoned for a plumber three years later after the couple began having problems with their downstairs toilet and the body was found.
Connett, who has worked in HR for retailers Marks and Spencer and Selfridges, appeared wearing a black suit and carrying an overnight bag and broke into tears as she was led away from the dock.
Her family waved goodbye and her husband Jonathon blew her a kiss.