Army wife to face trial over murder of newborn baby found dead in Hampshire woods

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The wife of a British Army serviceman is to stand trial accused of the murder of her newborn baby son who was found dead in Hampshire woodland.

37-year-old Silipa Keresi is accused in connection with the death of Maliki Keresi, who died within 24 hours of being born in March 2020.

The corpse of the baby was discovered wrapped in a towel around 200 metres from a sailing club by a dog walker in Hythe, Hants, on 5 March last year.

Keresi, who is from Fiji and whose husband served in the British Army, was today told a trial date has been set for 16 November.

Judge Jane Miller QC released Keresi, who has four other children, on conditional bail until a plea and trial preparation hearing on 7 June.

Dog walker, Michael Dorsett, who found the tragic tot, said last year: “I saw something wrapped in a towel, lying by the bottom of a tree.

“I thought somebody had dumped a dead cat or a dead dog and then I saw a little arm or something sticking out.

“I peeled back the towel to have a look and I saw immediately it was a baby.

“So, I touched his face gently with the back of my finger and it was ice cold so I knew he had to be dead.”

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