Belfast Telegraph

Toddler's mother on neglect charge

The mother of a murdered toddler vigorously denies neglecting her child in the months before she was killed, a court has heard.

Rachael Martin, 25, from Erne Park, Kesh, Co Fermanagh, appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates' Court accused of The wilful neglect of her daughter Millie in the period leading up to her death last December.

Martin's former partner, Barry Michael McCarney, 30, has previously been charged with the 15-month old's murder.

Millie suffered serious internal injuries and police believe she may have been sexually assaulted.

Under questioning from Martin's lawyer, an investigating officer told District Judge Bonita Boyd that the child's mother is not suspected of inflicting any of the injuries.

The detective said he could connect the accused with the neglect charge but confirmed that the defendant vigorously denied it during two days of police interview.

He also acknowledged that Martin had co-operated with police at all times since the death of her daughter. Martin spoke only to confirm that she understood the charge during the brief hearing.

Judge Boyd granted her bail with a £750 assurity, ordering Martin to appear again next month.

In the interim she is subject to strict bail conditions

McCarney, who is not Millie's father, and Martin lived together with the toddler in a house at Glebe Park, Enniskillen, at the time of the child's death. He was charged with murder in the days after she died - a charge he denies.

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