Video: Tragic Mikaeel's mum Rosdeep Kular arrives at Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Rosdeep Kular, the 33-year-old mother of Mikaeel Kular, has arrived at Edinburgh Sheriff Court after she was arrested and charged in connection with his death.
More than 200 volunteers joined police and other agencies searching for the three-year-old child after he went missing from his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh, on Thursday.
His remains were found shortly before midnight on Friday, in an area of woodland behind a house in Kirkcaldy, Fife where Ms Kular and her five children used to live.
Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham announced late on Saturday that a 33-year-old woman, widely reported to be Ms Kular, had been arrested and charged.
He said: “During the course of today, the investigation into the disappearance of Mikaeel Kular has continued at pace.
“Following formal identification, I can now confirm that a 33-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in connection with Mikaeel's death.
“The woman is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.”
A major police investigation was launched to trace Mikaeel when his mother said the family awoke at 7.15am on Thursday morning to find the child missing.
Ms Kular told police Mikaeel was last seen when she put him to bed at about 9pm on Wednesday.
Forensic teams have been working throughout the weekend at the back of the bungalow some 25 miles away in Fife where the body was found.
It is now the home of Pandeep Kular, 37, Mikaeel’s aunt and Rosdeep Kular’s sister. She told the Sunday People: “We're devastated. I'm with the kids… We’ve just lost him.”
Dr Bangarpet Krishnaswamy, who is married to Mikaeel's grandmother, gave an emotional tribute to those who helped search for the little boy, the Sunday Mirror said.
He said: “I would like to thank all the public and the police for the search, which sadly turned out to be a futile.”
Mr Graham also thanked the volunteers and agencies who provided “overwhelming public assistance” to Police Scotland during the course of their investigation.
More than 500 calls were made to a dedicated phone line set up in the wake of Mikaeel's disappearance.
A number of floral tributes, soft toys and candles have been placed at a small park near Mikaeel's home
In Edinburgh, around 500 people turned out last night for a memorial service at Muirhouse St Andrew's Church, less than a mile from the home Mikaeel shared with his mother, twin sister and three other siblings.
There was a large queue to get into the church well in advance of the service. The crowds ultimately filled the 300-capacity building and an extra overflow room.
Men, women and children of all ages attended the memorial gathering. Some very young children clutched soft toys while a handful of people held lanterns.
At the end of the gathering, all those who had attended exited carrying the remains of candles they had been holding during the service.
Meanwhile, Derbyshire Police said they had assisted colleagues at Police Scotland by arresting a man on suspicion of sending offensive tweets in relation to the disappearance of the toddler.
A force spokesman said: “Officers arrested the 26-year-old Heanor man this morning on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence.
“Members of the public in Edinburgh had complained about the content of some Twitter messages linked to the disappearance of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.
“The man was questioned and released on police bail while the Crown Prosecution Service considers the case.”
Police Scotland confirmed a 19-year-old man had also been arrested with the assistance of Hampshire Police, over remarks “of a racist nature” allegedly posted to a social media site.
He has since been bailed while enquiries continue.
A force spokesman said, in both cases, the remarks made online were reported to police by concerned members of the public.
He added that officers from Police Scotland then liaised with colleagues from Hampshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Constabulary to identify the individuals responsible for the posts.
Chief Supt Mark Williams, Police Scotland Edinburgh divisional commander, said: “Any reports of racist, offensive or abusive comments made online will be thoroughly investigated.
“If you commit an offence, we will investigate it and you will be prosecuted.”
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