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13 April 2012, 16:42
A woman who left the body of her newborn baby in a garden in Bury has escaped jail.
The baby girl was found outside a house in Tinline Street, Bury, in September 2010.
She was wrapped in a black and pink zebra print scarf when she was discovered by a member of the public.
Named by police as Aliyah, meaning beautiful in Arabic, the youngster had been carefully placed over the wall of the front garden. Paramedics were called but the baby was pronounced dead at the scene.
26 year old Fatima Ali, of Alfred Street, Bury, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to cruelty to a person under 16 and endeavouring to conceal the birth of a child.
She's been sentenced to 26 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, she always been placed on a 12 month supervision order.
The offence of cruelty relates to the defendant not seeking prompt medical attention when the baby was born.
The court heard there was no evidence of assault or ill treatment on the baby, named in court as Malaikah Dua Hussain.
A post-mortem examination could not determine the cause of death.