Northern Ireland

Mother charged with murdering three-year-old son in Lisburn

Police van arrives at court
A police van brings Michelle Owens into Lisburn Courthouse

A woman has appeared in court charged with the murder of her son, three-year-old Brendan Owens.

Michelle Owens, 27, was dressed in a dark blue tracksuit, and was flanked by custody officers in the dock at Lisburn Courthouse, County Antrim.

No questions were asked by legal representatives and there was no bail application. She will appear again on 7 October via video link.

Brendan Owens was found dead on 4 July at a house in Trinity Terrace, Lisburn.

A 51-year-old man man was also arrested on Thursday over the boy's death. He was later released on police bail pending further inquiries.