Irish woman charged with concealing newborn's birth allowed home from Australia

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An Irish woman charged with concealing the death of her newborn baby in Australia has been allowed to return home until her case is dealt with.

The 25-year-old is alleged to have given birth in May in the town of Halls Creek while backpacking with friends and had not realised she was pregnant.

She had been travelling in the Kimberley region with friends. Police followed her to Perth.

In court this morning, her lawyers successfully applied to have her passport returned, saying she "needs to be with her family and (have access to) their support".

The case is due back in Court in October.

If convicted, the woman could face two years in prison.

The West Australian newspaper's legal affairs editor Amanda Banks said the magistrate expressed concern over the woman's wellbeing.

"There were medical reports which raised serious concerns about her welfare and her need for support," she said.

The magistrate also noted there was an extradition agreement in place between Ireland and Australia, should the need arise.

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