Former Bridlington woman ‘aborted baby week before it was due’

Sarah Catt outside court.
Sarah Catt outside court.

A FORMER Bridlington mum-of-two bought medication on the internet so she could abort her baby within a week of its due date, police have said.

Sarah Catt, 35, who now lives in Sherburn, North Yorkshire, appeared at Leeds Crown Court last week and pleaded guilty to administering poison with intent to procure a miscarriage.

The drug in question was Misoprostol.

Police confirmed that Catt had a scan at two days short of 30 weeks which confirmed she was pregnant, but the baby was terminated “in the final stages of pregnancy”.

Catt, maiden name Moran, worked as a barmaid in Bridlington but is believed to have left her home town around eleven years ago.

The Honourable Mr Justice Maddison adjourned Catt’s sentence until September to allow time for a psychiatric report to be made.

He said: “There are highly unusual circumstances here.”

Mr Justice Maddison added that there is a pattern of behaviour that “is also highly unusual”.

Speaking after the short hearing, the senior investigating officer in the case, Chief Insp Kerrin Smith of North Yorkshire Police, said: 
“Sarah Catt has today entered a guilty plea to the court.

“This marks the end of a long police investigation but many questions remain unanswered.

“In March 2010 Mrs Catt had confirmed pregnancy 
determined to be two days short of 30 weeks pregnant.

“Throughout this investigation she has claimed that this pregnancy was terminated legitimately even though that would not be legally possible.

“A legal termination can only be carried out up to 24 weeks in normal circumstances unless there are dire medical requirements to go beyond this. There were none in this case.

“During the investigation North Yorkshire Police gathered evidence that Sarah Catt purchased medication via the internet which could facilitate the labour and delivery of a child.

“The evidence shows this to have happened in the final stages of pregnancy, the third trimester, ie within the last week of the due date that this baby should have been born.

“Although she has entered a guilty plea today she has not co-operated with the investigation at any stage and so the question of what has happened to the baby that Catt was carrying remains unanswered.

“To date no remains of that pregnancy, nor body, nor child has been traced.”

Catt was released on conditional bail to return to Leeds Crown Court on September 17.