Mother charged over baby boy murder

Published Thursday, 17 April 2014
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A woman has appeared in court accused of murdering of her baby son in Belfast.

Mother charged over baby boy murder
The baby died earlier this month at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (© Pacemaker)

The 30-year-old was charged by detectives investigating the child's death following an incident in the city last month.

Reporting restrictions have been imposed to protect the defendant's identity.

The woman was arrested and then detained under the Mental Health Act.

After being charged with murder, she was brought before Belfast Magistrates' Court at short notice on Thursday afternoon.

She was then remanded back into medical care.

During the brief hearing, a defence lawyer successfully sought an order banning the press from identifying her.

No media representatives were present in court at the time to challenge the application.

However, it was later confirmed that the prohibited was granted under the terms of the Human Rights Act.

The woman is due to appear again in court next month.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
norman.d in bangor wrote (245 days ago):
A Child is the greatest gift a mother and father can receive from God and should be cherished hard to believe some people can take their childs life when they can be given to another family that cannot have children
leanne in northern Ireland wrote (245 days ago):
dont see why they defend people that do such horrble things , how anyone can hurt a baby never mind kill it makes my skin crawl , she doesnt deserve to be hiden away .
miss b in belfast wrote (246 days ago):
mental health act.... AND human rights..... no surprise there !
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