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Pair will face a trial over injured baby

By Alan Erwin

A man and woman are to stand trial over an alleged cruelly inflicted injury to their baby son, a judge has ordered.

The accused, both from Carrickfergus in Co Antrim, are charged in connection with a fracture to the child's arm when he was seven weeks old.

They appeared together at Belfast Magistrates Court for a hearing to decide if they have cases to answer. Neither defendant can be named.

The man, aged 34, is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm to his son in February last year. He is also accused, along with the 27-year-old woman, of wilfully neglecting their child in a way likely to cause him unnecessary suffering.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted an application to have the man and woman returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

She granted them continuing bail until those proceedings start.

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