Northern Ireland

Woman charged with murdering baby in Belfast

Laganside Court
Image caption The woman appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday afternoon

A woman has appeared in court accused of murdering her baby son in Belfast.

The 30-year-old was charged by detectives investigating the child's death on 9 April.

The baby was injured in an incident in the city last month.

Reporting restrictions have been imposed to protect the defendant's identity.

The woman was arrested and then detained under the Mental Health Act.

After being charged with murder she was brought before Belfast Magistrates' Court at short notice on Thursday.

She was then remanded back into medical care.

During the brief hearing a defence lawyer successfully sought an order banning the press from identifying her.

No media representatives were present in court at the time to challenge the application.

However, it was later confirmed the prohibition was granted under the terms of the Human Rights Act.

The woman is due to appear again in court next month.

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