For nine months, she meticulously planned a home delivery, got scissors and towels ready, and worked out where to abandon the baby near her home in Horden, County Durham.
A cheating wife dumped her newborn baby on a doorstep after keeping her entire pregnancy secret from her husband.
Leigh-Anne Varley, 36, told her unsuspecting husband, Simon, 39, and their two children, aged 16 and 6, she had ovarian cysts which caused 'swelling'.
In reality, she was pregnant by a lover and hid his baby boy, named 'Jack', right up to the birth.
For nine months, she meticulously planned a home delivery, got scissors and towels ready, and worked out where to abandon the baby near her home in Horden County, Durham.
As she went into labour, she did some housework, put her six-year-old to bed then delivered in the bathroom, with her teenage daughter on a night out with friends, and Simon working night-shift.
Sneaking out of the neat modern terrace at the dead of night, she returned within minutes, later booking a 'dream' trip to Disney World in Florida for her family, then going to work.
Wrapping the tiny newborn in a dressing gown, she placed him on the doorstep of a flat close to a medical centre, with a note saying:
"Please take care of my baby boy. Please don't go public as my husband is violent and will kill me."
She also knocked on a door in a bid to alert a nearby neighbour.
The child was found cold, but otherwise unharmed between four and five hours later by a man walking his dog.
The mum-of-three admitted abandoning a child, confessing that she had an affair and she believed the baby was the result of that affair.
"She was unable to tell her husband because she was fearful of breaking up the family unit.
"This is a very sad case, she is of previous good character and was in a desperate situation which led to the offence occurring."