Supreme court rejects request to free mother who abandoned newborn

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 15-11-2019 12:04:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s Supreme Court of Justice has rejected a request for the immediate release ('habeas corpus') of the woman who was in pre-trial detention for abandoning her newborn child in a rubbish bin in Lisbon last week.

The information was provided to Lusa by a judicial source.

A group of lawyers presented this week at the court a request for the immediate release of the young woman, for considering preventive detention illegal.

The mother, a 22-year-old homeless girl who abandoned her newborn in a rubbish bin in Lisbon, was arrested by the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) police force and is in pre-trial detention, charged with attempted murder.

According to PJ, the newborn's mother acted alone and never revealed the pregnancy to anyone, living in a very precarious situation on the public road.


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