Murder-accused mum ‘wrapped newborn in towel before dumping baby in woods’

Forensic investigators work at the Hythe woodland scene last March after the baby was found dead (Image: Solent News & Photo Agency)

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A mother has denied murdering her newborn baby and leaving his body wrapped up in a towel in a patch of woodland.

Silipa Keresi is accused of killing Maliki Keresi in March last year, shortly after giving birth.

Today, at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, the 37-year-old pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

The baby's body was found wrapped in a towel by a horrified dog walker in woodland in Hythe, Hampshire, 200m from the coastal town's sailing club.

The court previously heard that the baby was assessed to have survived no longer than 24 hours.

Police perform a search at the scene after the baby was found dead
(Image: Solent News & Photo Agency)

She appeared in court today wearing a blue hoodie and grey tracksuits with her black hair tied back in a high bun.

Ms Keresi, a Fijiian national, spoke to confirm her name, giver her date of birth and to plead not guilty to the charge.

A trial date has been set for November 16.

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