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Who is Silipa Keresi? Woman, 37, who killed newborn boy and left corpse wrapped in towel charged with murder

The body of the infant was found in a 'wooded area' by Michael Dorsett, a retired HGV driver who was walking his collie cross at the time
UPDATED MAR 30, 2021
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A woman identified as Silipa Keresi made an appearance at the Southampton Magistrates' Court, Hampshire, UK, on Monday morning, March 29, 2021. The 37-year-old woman is being charged with the murder of an infant boy whose dead body was found wrapped in a blanket in a woodland area last year on March 5, 2020. The body was discovered by a dog walker in the afternoon, around 2 pm.

During the investigation officers "appealed" for the mother of the child to "come forward" as they went door-to-door to complete inquiries and had sniffing dogs involved with the probe. At her court appearance, Keresi only spoke to confirm her name, date of birth and address. Her next court appearance will be at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and she will remain in custody until then. Over the last year, Kesari has been arrested by officials twice but was released on bail, following her first arrest. 


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Who is Silipa Keresi?

Keresi, who is from Hythe, Hampshire was arrested in March of last year and was under investigation even though she was released on bail. As per a Hampshire Constabulary spokesman, "She had previously been arrested back in early March 2020 after the discovery of the body of a recently born baby in an area of woodland in Hythe on Thursday, March 5, last year. She was initially released on bail then later released under investigation while inquiries continued. Detectives arrested her again at the weekend and following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and have now charged her with the murder."

The body of the infant was found in a "wooded area" by Michael Dorsett, a retired HGV driver who was walking his collie cross at the time. He revealed, "I saw something wrapped in a towel, lying by the bottom of a tree and 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. I walked home straight away, really quickly. I spoke to the police on the phone and they came down and I showed them where the baby was. There was only a small bit of his face exposed, I don't know how long he had been there but it can't have been longer than a few hours."