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Mother jailed for inducing abortion

A "cold and calculating" mother has been jailed for eight years in the UK after robbing her unborn baby boy of his chance of life when she aborted him within a week of his due date.

Sarah Catt, who was married but had been having an affair for seven years, was around 40-weeks pregnant when she took drugs she bought on the internet to induce her labour.

She claimed the baby was stillborn and she buried his body, but has since refused to tell anyone where to find her son.

Catt was described as "cold and calculating" by police, who searched her home with dogs and specialist equipment to try to find the child's body.

Mr Justice Cooke said the seriousness of the crime lay between manslaughter and murder.

He said she would have been charged with murder if the baby had been born a few days later and she had then killed him.

"What you did was end the life of a child that was capable of being born alive, by inducing birth or miscarriage," he said.

"What you have done is rob an apparently healthy child, vulnerable and defenceless, of life. This was a cold, calculated decision that you took in your self-interest alone."

Catt (35), from Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, had previously given a baby up for adoption and terminated a pregnancy with the agreement of her husband.

She also attempted to terminate another baby but was beyond the legal limit of 24 weeks and concealed a further pregnancy from her husband before the child's birth.

Irish Independent