Baby murder accused to be held in hospital


A woman accused of murdering her baby son is to be remanded on bail at mental health facilities, a judge directed yesterday.

With a psychiatric report on the 30-year-old now completed, she is to remain there as a detained patient.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court was told she will not be able to leave without the hospital’s permission.

The woman cannot be named amid claims that identifying her would increase the risk of her committing suicide.

A press challenge to the temporary reporting restrictions is due to be heard next month.

The woman was arrested by detectives investigating the child’s death following an incident in Belfast in March.

She was charged with murder and then held under the Mental Health Act.