Tragic details emerge after mum's body 'found in wheelie bin'

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A young woman found dead in a wheelie bin in Western Australia was reportedly put there by her family who used it to get her to hospital after they found her unresponsive.

Nine News and The West Australian report she was an 18-year-old mother who had recently given birth, however WA Police were unable to confirm these details to Yahoo News Australia.

A police car outside Newman Hospital after a woman's body was reportedly found in a wheelie bin.
Tragic new details have emerged about how an 18-year-old woman reportedly ended up in a wheelie bin. Source: Nine News

Officers were called to Newman Hospital, about 1,100 kilometres north of Perth, about 4am (local time) on Wednesday where the teenager was pronounced dead, police said in a statement.

The teenager was discovered unresponsive by her family and they proceeded to transport her to hospital near their home in a wheelie bin, Nine News reported.

Acting CEO of Pilbara community legal service Sharyn Morrow said the woman’s death had left many people in the town “feeling very unsafe, very upset, very sad”.

A Google Maps image of Newman Hospital in Western Australia's rural north.
An exterior of Newman Hospital in Western Australia's rural north. Source: Google Maps, file

“This is pretty confronting to happen in a small community. It’s likely that a lot of people will know these people, so that will have a greater impact on the community,” she told 10 News First Perth.

“None of this is nice for anyone. It’s just very traumatic.”

The sale of takeaway alcohol was halted in the town for the remainder of the day, according to the ABC.

Initial reports the woman found dead was pregnant were incorrect, The West Australian reported.

A person described as a juvenile by the same publication was being questioned by police.

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