Police in the Northern Ireland city of Belfast have charged a 29-year-old woman for the murder of a toddler and for attempting to murder another young child.
They have named the little boy as Liam O’Keefe. He was eight months old.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 27 at a house in Brompton Park in north Belfast.
Police were called to the house shortly after 8pm on Tuesday evening, where they discovered Liam O’Keefe and another injured child.
Detective Chief Inspector Millar said on Wednesday:
Despite the efforts of the emergency services the baby was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The other young child was taken to hospital and remains in intensive care.
An only suspect
The 29-year-woman, whose name has not yet been released, was also in the house when police arrived at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police have confirmed that they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the death.
They are yet to establish a motive behind the killing. The woman will appear before Belfast Magistrates’ Court later today.
During a vigil in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast last night, the father of the infant, also called Liam O’Keefe said he was ‘heartbroken’ over the loss of his son.
To all the neighbours, and the full community, for all their help and support, I really appreciate their support. I am truly heartbroken but it gives me strength to know you’re all showing so much love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Residents left cards, flowers and teddy bears outside the house in Brompton Park, in support of the family.