Belfast Telegraph

Press banned from identifying mother on baby murder charge

By Alan Erwin

A mother has appeared in court accused of murdering her baby son in Belfast.

The 30-year-old was charged by detectives investigating the child's death on April 9.

The baby was injured in an incident in the city last month and later died from his injuries.

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 yesterday.

She was then remanded back into medical care. Reporting restrictions were imposed to protect the defendant's identity.

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 the prohibition was granted under the terms of the Human Rights Act.

The woman is due to appear again in court next month. Earlier this month police confirmed they had launched a murder investigation into the child's death.

The baby was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast, where it received treatment, after medical teams were called to a house in Belfast in March.

Forensic officers examined the scene and the property was cordoned off.

The child's mother was subsequently arrested and detained.

It is thought that the woman lived at the premises for around a year but was not well-known to neighbours.

Neighbours had spoken of their shock after the investigation was launched.

One said: "You never know the tragedy that is behind any door."

She added: "The circumstances surrounding this particular case remain unclear, and early speculation is neither helpful or necessary."

The woman will continue to receive medical treatment until the case is brought before the same court next month.

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