A mother collapsed in the dock as she was jailed for carrying out a DIY abortion using tablets bought on the internet. Natalie Towers was between 32 and 34 weeks pregnant when she took the medication to induce a miscarriage.
The body of the baby boy, later named Luke, was found by paramedics who were called to her home in County Durham , Chronicle Live reports.
The 24-year-old admitted administering a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Towers, who wept and kept her head bowed throughout the hearing at Newcastle Crown Court , wailed and collapsed in the dock as she was told she was going to prison.
The judge said Towers must have known she was pregnant but he accepted she would not have been sure exactly how far along she was.
Prosecutor Sarah Mallett told the court Towers’ partner, who she lived with, had been unaware she was pregnant. She has a child from another pregnancy, which she also concealed, the court heard.
Post mortem examination of the baby confirmed he was between 32 and 34 weeks gestation and had been stillborn.
A search of her computer revealed her visit to an online drug store in relation to “abortion pills” and inquiries on how she cold delete her search history. Another search was in relation to babies born at 24 weeks.
The court heard Towers has a history of emotional and psychological problems.