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Woman guilty of murdering young son

A woman has been convicted of murdering her toddler son.

A jury found Kimberley Hainey, 37, guilty by a majority verdict of murdering her son Declan at a flat in Bruce Road, Paisley.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Hainey was also convicted of failing to report Declan's death to police or other authorities and of concealing his body at the flat. She also pretended the child was being cared for by family members or that he was at nursery, leading people to believe he was still alive.

The cause of Declan's death is not known but he is said to have been last seen alive when he was 15-months-old. His body was discovered at the flat on March 30 last year when he would have been 23-months-old. Experts said he had been dead for several months.

The jury of five men and nine women also found Hainey guilty of wilfully ill-treating, neglecting and abandoning the toddler, and exposing him in a manner that was likely to cause him suffering or injury to his health.

She left him alone for "excessive" periods of time and failed to provide him with adequate nourishment and fluids. Hainey was also accused of exposing Declan to diamorphine and amphetamine but the allegation was withdrawn by the jury.

As the verdict was announced, Hainey sat still and said nothing. She stared at the floor as she was led out of the dock. Two women in the public gallery, one of whom is believed to be Hainey's former neighbour, embraced each other, sobbing.

Judge Lord Woolman thanked the jury for the care they had taken in reaching their verdict.

He said: "I wish to thank you for the great care you have taken, not only in reaching this verdict but also throughout the course of this trial. You have had no easy task and some of the evidence you have heard has been very distressing."

The judge deferred sentence until January 12 next year in order to obtain reports.

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