I'm starting to think that maybe the mother in this case was in denial about the pregnancy. This SA health document states that denial/concealment of pregnancy leads to a much greater risk of infanticide.
- Denial is a substantial risk factor for abandonment and infanticide
- An Australian study investigating 32 maternal filicide cases found all three killings of newborn infants (within first 24 hours of life) to be characterised by total denial of pregnancy and birth rather than a motivation to kill the infant
- The more serious the state of denial, the more at risk the fetus is of neonaticide
- Women in severe denial are often in a state of shock and emotional dissociation at the time of delivery.
This article mentions 8 newborn babies that were found (deceased) in various places in Australia in a 3-year period. It goes on to say that only 2 of the mothers were found. These babies were left in fairly public places (a bus stop, a driveway, a hospitality school toilet etc) so it makes me wonder about the ones who are never discovered.
I also just wanted to add that I can't help but feel for the mother. The thought of the baby all alone down there makes me incredibly sad, but I do also feel for the mother.