SHOCKING: Mother Stabs Newborn Daughter 15 Times To Save Career
Rachel Tunstill was the deputy manager at Benjamin House Care Home at the time of the incident when she gave birth in the bathroom of her flat in Burnley.
She had suffered multiple miscarriages during the year leading up to the event.
But during a meeting with her boss at the care home in March 2016, Tunstill became upset and admitted she was suffering from stomach pain.
Her superior explained that if she thought she was pregnant that she shouldn’t be at work because of the strict rules about working in a mental health facility while carrying a child.
The prosecution alleged that the miscarriages were a cause of Ms Tunstill wanting to climb the career ladder and being pregnant would hinder her ambitious plans.
"She had gone home that evening and then in the bathroom she had given birth to Mia Kelly – there Mia Kelly met her death".
The 26-year-old mother stabbed her newborn daughter to death with a pair of kitchen scissors because she feared having a child would harm her career.
Tunstill, dumped her newborn baby’s body in a bin after allegedly butchering her with scissors 15 times at the flat she shared with boyfriend, Ryan Kelly.
Preston Crown Court heard the couple’s daughter Mia Kelly had been born after Tunstill had gone into labour on their toilet while Ryan played on his XBOX.
But she told her partner that she was ‘having another miscarriage’ and got him to hand her a pair of scissors.
Police became involved when Tunstill went to Burnley General Hospital after feeling ‘the miscarriage was not complete’ on January 16 this year.
Tunstill, who denies murder, was questioned when her partner, Mr Kelly, 31, was initially arrested for murder which was the first he knew about the grim discovery.