A mentally ill woman has admitting to burying her newborn baby alive in London.
Elita Amantova, 39, was homeless and living in a graveyard when she became pregnant. She slept on gravestones and lived off berries and bread she found that was left out for the birds.
In 2008, Amantova moved to the United Kingdom and after losing her job and began working as a prostitute. During the court proceedings, it was revealed that she suffered from Schizophrenia disorder, which is a severe brain disorder that causes people to have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Schizophrenia is a life-long condition and is most cases, appears in adulthood.
The condition affects only 1% of the world’s population and in the United States about 2.5 million have this disease.
Unfortunately, pregnancy is known to sometimes heighten the symptoms related to mental illness and in this woman’s case, child birth allegedly exacerbated her condition.
In August 2012, she fled to London where she was found sleeping rough in a burial ground off Garratt Lane in Tooting.
The court heard that by then she was heavily pregnant… Living off berries and bread left out for birds, sleeping on grave stones and wearing a blonde wig.
A member of the public, Verity Verster, became concerned about her condition and alerted authorities, Ms Johnson said.
As a result, a police constable tried to persuade her to go into suitable accommodation but she refused help and officers decided there was nothing more they could do.
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Ms Johnson said the body parts were found on September 10, 2012 on the ground at the tractor yard at Doctor Johnson Avenue next to Tooting Common.
She said: ‘Later, a fox expert was called to the yard and discovered a fox entrance. A fox is likely to have found those body parts on Tooting Common and brought the parts into the yard.’
DNA testing identified the mother as Amantova, who had given birth without any assistance.
On September 17 2012, she was found sitting on her haunches outside Sainsbury’s in Garratt Lane watching people coming and going saying it was a ‘nice day’.
She was arrested but could not be interviewed until the following February because of her serious mental illness.
She told police in a prepared statement that she gave birth to a child in August 2012 and she buried it in a park on the same day.
She said she thought she knew who the father was but had no contact with him and he was unaware of all the events.
The defendant told police she found the birth ‘too traumatic’ to answer questions about it.
She refused to tell police whether the baby was alive or dead before she buried it, but during an interview in April 2013, she admitted to a doctor that the child had in fact been alive and she was charged with murder.
However, at today’s hearing the prosecution accepted her plea of not guilty to murder but guilty to infanticide.
Handing her a hospital order, judge Paul Worsley QC said infanticide was a ‘rare offence’ and while ‘the court must always mark the serious fact a life has been taken’, a hospital order was appropriate in the circumstances of this case.
The judge said that due to the enduring illness the defendant was suffering, she would probably need lifelong treatment and care.
Tragically, an innocent baby died at least in part because of Amantova’s illness, highlighting the need for better care and treatment for the sick among us.
Additionally, her case reveals the importance of foster care and adoption in the pro-life movement. There are countless examples of women who are incapable of parenting; and regardless of whether that’s because of physical or mental handicaps, abortion is not the solution.
Many pro-abortion advocates like to argue that women in dire situations should have the right to abortion because it could save them from tragedy. In fact, some even argue that mentally ill patients should be sterilized so that they can never reproduce. For example, in 2012 a Massachusetts judge ruled that a 32-year-old mentally ill woman, known as Mary Moe, should have a forced abortion and be sterilized without her permission.
As LifeNews previously reported, Moe had schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder but refused abortion when she became pregnant because she was Catholic. Unbelievably, Moe’s parents and doctors filed a petition that would give them the ability to force her to have an abortion. In the end, thankfully, the judges’ decision caused an uproar and was overturned by the state appeals court.
Despite what many abortion extremists claim, abortion will never help women in these situations; instead it will bring them more physical and emotional pain, regret and years of suffering. After abortion, over 65% of women suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and post abortive women are six-times more likely to commit suicide then women who have given birth. And many women describe their abortion experience as ‘a nightmare,’ with 60% reporting ’Part of me died.’