Teenager Charged With Baby Son's Murder In Southampton

15 February 2018, 12:02

Lights on top of a police car

A 16-year-old boy's cried while appearing in court, accused of murdering his six-week-old son in Southampton.

He'd been taken to hospital from Woolston on Sunday 11 February. Police were called at 5.05am, where the infant boy was found with "significant injuries".

The child was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The teenage defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was supported by his mother as he appeared at Southampton Magistrates' Court charged with murder.

Dan O'Neill, prosecuting, told the court that the baby had suffered "a bite to the nose and injuries to the head".

District Judge Lorraine Morgan adjourned the case for the next hearing to be held at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday and ordered the defendant to be held in youth detention accommodation until then.

She told him: "The case will be sent to Winchester Crown Court, you will be remanded into secure accommodation until that appearance."

As the teenager was led from court, he said to his mother "love you" to which she replied: "Love you, darling."

An 18-year-old woman, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released by police but remains under investigation, according to a Hampshire police spokeswoman.