A Gatineau woman has been charged with homicide and concealing the body of a child after a passerby discovered an infant's body behind an apartment building in the city's Mont-Bleu neighbourhood Monday.
The woman, who police identify only as the child's mother and say is in her 20s, appeared in court Tuesday.
A passerby found the infant's body behind the building on boulevard du Mont-Bleu around 5 p.m. Monday, police said.
Police haven't released the precise age or gender of the baby. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
According to Section 243 of the Criminal Code of Canada, "every one who in any manner disposes of the dead body of a child, with intent to conceal the fact that its mother has been delivered of it, whether the child died before, during or after birth, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years."
Gatineau police said psychological support has been offered to the person who found the body. The investigation continues.