A woman who was found guilty last year of the manslaughter of her newborn baby daughter in 2018 is due to be sentenced on 5 July.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told gardaí that she did not know the baby was alive after giving birth in the toilet of a medical centre.
A trial heard that she placed the baby in a metal bin and the baby's body was found several hours later after medical staff in a hospital realised that she had given birth and became concerned about the welfare of the child.
The woman, who was aged 19 at the time, was convicted of the manslaughter of her baby and also of child neglect last October at the circuit criminal court in Waterford.
Sentencing was adjourned until today’s date, but Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he was reserving his decision to allow consideration of a psychiatric report, another report from a professor of midwifery and a probation report.
He remanded the woman in custody, revoking her bail, until 5 July.
After describing the case as "very sad and tragic" he said it was up to the court to assess the gravity of the case.
Mr Justice O'Kelly said he could not do that simply by looking at the harm done to an "entirely innocent" baby by the defendant’s "inattention or belief that the child was born beyond hope of living".
However, he also had to make an assessment of the woman's culpability and that involved complex issues.
He did not agree with a suggestion from defence counsel Ciaran O’Loughlin SC that the case should be adjourned for 12 months to assess the defendant’s behaviour.
Mr Justice O'Kelly adjourned his decision for ten days.
The court heard last year that the woman visited a medical centre, complaining of back pain and constipation, accompanied by her mother, who had suspected that the 19-year-old was pregnant.
While at the doctor's, the woman went into the toilet and gave birth to a baby girl. She placed the baby in a metal bin and returned to the doctor’s room, but said nothing about the baby or the birth.
A GP referred her on to University Hospital Waterford where doctors found indications that she had recently given birth.
Local gardaí were notified and they searched the medical centre, finding the body of a full-term baby girl in a bin. The body had been there a number of hours.
The woman repeatedly denied giving birth until eventually she told a detective "she’s mine", in relation to the baby.
She told gardaí that she did not know the baby was alive when she gave birth, as she had not felt any movement for the previous month, and said she did not know why she placed the baby in the bin.
She said if she had known the baby was alive, she would have called someone. She was later arrested and charged with manslaughter and child neglect.
The prosecution told the court last year that the case was one of gross negligence manslaughter, that the defendant had breached her duty of care to her baby and that her negligence was a substantial cause of the baby’s death.
The court heard the baby was healthy when born, had breathed after birth and had not suffered trauma or inhaled water, such as from a toilet bowl. Her death was attributed to inattention at birth.
A jury unanimously found the defendant guilty of manslaughter and neglect last year and the case was adjourned to allow for the preparation of various reports.
In a letter written to the judge, the woman said she deeply regretted what happened and wished things could have turned out differently.
She asked the judge to look at her case "with compassion and understanding".