Gintare Suminaite claimed she was mentally disturbed amid giving birth to her daughter
Lithuanian Gintare Suminaite, 30, throttled the baby girl, the product of a secret affair, at the bedsit she shared with her boyfriend.
Suminaite denied murder, but admitted infantcide claiming she had become "mentally disturbed" by the ordeal of giving birth.
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The Old Bailey heard how she wrapped her hands around the child's throat and squeezed "as hard as I could" before holding her under the shower in a bid to drown her.
Suminaite then cut the umbilical cord with a razor blade before tying her underwear around the infant's neck and placing her in a baby bath on 5 April last year.
The tiny body was found the following day after Suminaite's English partner called an ambulance to the flat they shared in Bognor Regis, West Sussex when he found her bleeding heavily.
Gintare pleaded guilty to infanticide last year in court
The young mother responsible was not only socially isolated, but emotionally isolated too.
Nigel Lickley, QC
Prosecutor Ed Brown QC told how Suminaite kept her pregnancy hidden from her partner, who she has another child with. He had no idea she was expecting until she confessed she had "done something bad" after falling pregnant during an affair with fellow Lithuanian Arturas Vencius, 32.
Suminaite lost up to four litres of blood, while the cause of death of her baby was given as "ligature compression of the neck in a neonate, born alive, following uncontrolled labour and congenital pneumonia".
She was arrested and charged with murdering the infant, known only as 'Baby Suminaite', but prosecutors accepted a plea to the lesser charge of infanticide at the Old Bailey.
Handing her a two-year community order with a 60-day rehabilitation requirement, the judge, Mr Justice Nicol, told her: "The unlawful homicide of anyone is a tragedy, especially that is the case when the victim is so young, even more so that is the case when the child died at the hands of her own mother.
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Miss Suminaite was handed a two-year community order with a 60-day rehabilitation requirement
"However, your circumstances were tragic in themselves and that is reflected in the nature of the offence to which you have pleaded guilty." The judge explained: "Infanticide was made an offence in 1938 as an alternative to other forms of homicide in recognition of the extreme pressures from which some women suffer during or shortly after giving birth.
"Over recent years, the courts have recognised it is rarely an offence that requires a custodial sentence." The court heard Suminaite arrived in the UK in 2009 and moved in with her English partner in 2011 before they had a child.
But the relationship broke down and Suminaite began an affair with Mr Arturas in around February or March 2015. He knew he was the father of the child when Suminaite fell pregnant and hoped she would travel back to Lithuania with her.
Courts have recognised that Infanticide is rarely an offence that requires custodial sentences
But she made no registration of her pregnancy, attended no ante-natal classes and hid it from her partner. Her partner had been working a night shift and awoke at around 2.40pm to hear the shower on.
Suminaite eventually allowed him into the bathroom, where her found her naked and covered in blood next to a baby bath.
The prosecutor said: "It should not be thought that the infant baby that was eventually found in that baby bath was at this time alive or capable of being saved.
"All the evidence shows that the child had been dead for some little time.." Suminaite continued to lose blood throughout the evening, but refused to see a doctor until she turned yellow and her partner insisted she had to go to hospital.
She then confessed she had been pregnant with Mr Vencius' child. An ambulance was called at 5.42am on 6 April last year and Suminaite was rushed to hospital, but it was not until 9am that medics returned to the flat, where they found the child's lifeless body in the baby bath under a blanket and wet towels.
The prosecutor said: "Members of the midwife team and the ambulance team who travelled and made the discovery were deeply affected and shocked by the findings, and remained so for a significant period afterwards."
Suminaite told police she "most likely" intended to kill her baby, but said she did not know why. She pleaded guilty to a charge of infanticide on 21 December last year
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Nigel Lickley QC, defending, said at the time of the killing Suminaite and her partner were living in separate rooms with little affection or intimacy and a life that was "frankly desperate".
He said: "This is tragic. Of course I have to acknowledge there is a child who has had its life extinguished within minutes of birth at the hands of its mother.
"But the young mother responsible was not only socially isolated, but emotionally isolated too.
"The courts recognise in circumstances such as this, where there is no underlying psychiatric illness, where there is a low risk of re-offending or causing harm, that what might otherwise be thought of as lenient is the appropriate course, namely a non-custodial sentence."
The court heard the father of her child has broken off contact with her, but Vencius has returned the UK where he has arranged accommodation for them both.
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