A WA woman is facing a murder charge after police allege she allegedly killed her 4-month-old baby at a Perth orphanage.
Marilyn Monroe was charged with murder in relation to the death of her baby, but the charge was later dropped.
A coronial inquest into the toddler’s death was opened yesterday and it was revealed Monroe, 30, had been pregnant for five years when she took the baby from her care.
A statement released to news outlets said Monroe’s partner of four years was pregnant with the baby when the infant died.
The statement from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RCIACS) said Monroe had been the carer for the child since January 2016.
“The circumstances of the child’s death are still unclear but the Royal Commissioner has established that Ms Monroe was pregnant for at least five years prior to the infant’s death,” the statement said.RCIACCS chairperson and forensic anthropologist Professor David Hirsch said police were trying to determine the cause of death.
“This is one of the most tragic and devastating cases of a child’s life being lost,” he said.
“There’s no other reason that could possibly explain it.”
Ms Monroe has been remanded in custody until her next court appearance on November 5.
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