Rocks have been seized by police during an investigation into the death of an 18-year-old mother after her body was found stuffed inside a wheelie bin.
Britney Watson sustained ‘fatal head injuries’ during an altercation in her home town of Newman, in the north west of Western Australia.
A 17-year-old boy was charged with her murder after he allegedly dragged the bin to Newman Hospital about 4am on Wednesday.
It is also alleged the boy took the young mother to the house of an elder before taking her to the hospital.
Britney Watson, who is the mother of a young toddler (pictured together), gave birth to her second child in the past month
Britney Watson sustained ‘fatal head injuries’ during an altercation in her home town of Newman, northwest Western Australia
Ms Watson, who gave birth to a little boy named Justin only a month ago and was already a mother to toddler Nate, was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is not clear whether she was alive when she arrived at the hospital.
Since charges were laid against the 17-year-old boy, police seized several rocks from near the scene, The West Australian reported.
Three separate locations within the small mining town just outside Pilbara are also being investigated.
The teenage boy appeared in Newman Children’s Court on Thursday afternoon.
A child has been arrested after an 18-year-old woman was found dead in a wheelie bin in Newman in Western Australia. Pictured: Police at one of three crime scenes established for the investigation
Ms Watson’s relative Mena Tennahleah Watson paid tribute to her ‘big sister’ on Facebook hours after her death.
‘RIP my big sister N Watson good young mother for two kids. Love and miss you my big sister. Watson Breeds For Ever.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said Ms Watson was well known in the community.
‘It’s a real tragedy in the sense that the community, the woman is known… and there are a couple of kids involved,’ Mr Dawson told ABC radio on Thursday.
Ms Watson, 18, was dragged to Newman Hospital in northwest Western Australia inside the bin with fatal injuries about 4am on Wednesday
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said homicide squad officers were on the scene
Broken glass and blood were seen on the ground outside a nearby home, with neighbours hearing shouting from the property late on Tuesday night, The West Australian reported.
Homicide detectives from South Hedland Police, located 452km north of the town, have launched a joint investigation into the death with local police.
Alcohol sales were banned in Newman for the remainder of Wednesday.
Bottleshop owner Anita Grace said the closure was the right move after the incident.
‘I think at this stage with everyone being so raw and upset and trying to work out what is going on the best thing was to stay closed,’ she said.
‘Everyone was very supportive. It is not that there are any tensions at the moment but there could be tensions. It is just precautionary at the moment.’
Newman, a mining town located 1,186km north of Perth, has a population of just 7,200.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or by making a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.
The woman’s body was found outside the Newman Hospital, which is 1,178 kilometres from Perth at 4am on Wednesday
The young mother’s body was discovered stuffed into a wheelie bin outside Newman Hospital (pictured)