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Baby death mother Natasha Sultan given supervision order

A mother who had post-natal depression when she killed her baby daughter in an "explosion of violence" has been given a three-year supervision order.

Five-week-old Amelia Lilly Sultan-Curtis died in hospital after a single blow to the head on 7 October 2012.

Her mother Natasha Sultan, 21, of Hull, was due to stand trial for murder but admitted the lesser charge of infanticide at the city's crown court.

Sentencing judge Jeremy Richardson QC said she was an "utterly broken woman".

He added: "For the remainder of your life you will have to live with the fact that you killed your six-week-old daughter. That burden will never be lifted."

The judge told how Amelia-Lilly was a much wanted child but said it was "plain" that following the birth Sultan suffered from postnatal depression and could not sleep.

He said she had visited her GP and was prescribed anti-depressants but did not take the full dose.

The maximum sentence for infanticide is life imprisonment.

Judge Richardson said he believed the case had "passed the custody threshold" but said: "However, you are an entirely broken woman and your disturbance of mind at the time, coupled with your guilty plea, enables me to take a different course."

The judge also banned her from working with children.

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[Text © 2013 BBC News]