Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Woman Gave Birth in Secret, Killed Two Newborn Sons: Crown

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Woman Gave Birth in Secret, Killed Two Newborn Sons: Crown

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Vancouver woman accused of killing baby sons


VANCOUVER - A Vancouver woman accused of killing her newborn sons was so afraid of her parents finding out about her pregnancies that she gave birth alone in the family bathroom and then secretly disposed of the infants, says the Crown.

Sarah Leung, 28, was charged with second-degree murder after the body of a baby boy was found in a plastic bag outside the home in April 2009.

Police alleged Leung gave birth to a second baby boy in March 2010 and killed that baby as well, though the infant's body was never found.

On Monday, Crown lawyer Sandra Cunningham told a jury on the first day of Leung's trial that after she was charged with another count of second-degree murder in June 2010, Leung confessed to police that she was afraid to tell her parents about her pregnancy.

"She told (a detective) her parents didn't really approve of getting pregnant before marriage, and she was scared to tell them because she knew they would be unhappy," Cunningham said in her opening statement.

"She knew she had done something wrong against them, that they wouldn't have liked, so she hid everything from them."

During Monday's hearing, the lawyer laid out a sequence of events that police believe led to the deaths of the two baby boys.

Leung, wearing jeans and a black jacket over a grey hooded sweater, listened quietly.

Jurors heard that Leung was dating a man and became pregnant with his child.

Cunningham said the baby's father, who she eventually married, knew about the pregnancy and was happy, but she kept their relationship and her pregnancy from her family.

In April 2009, Leung delivered the baby into a toilet at the home where she continues to live with her parents and brother, Cunningham told the jury.

Afterwards, Leung put the baby in a plastic bag, cleaned up any signs of her delivery and told her boyfriend that she had a miscarriage, Cunningham said.

"She put her baby boy, still, inside the plastic bag, outside between her house and the next door neighbour's, and carried on as if nothing had happened," she said.

"No one suspected a thing."

Leung's father later discovered the baby outside the home and had his son call police. …

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