Teenager accused of murdering baby remanded in care

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A 16-year-old girl accused of murdering a newborn baby boy by choking him has been remanded into local authority care after appearing before Lincoln Crown Court this afternoon (Friday).

The girl, who cannot be identified because of a court order, was arrested after police were called to a house in a village near Bourne shortly before 2am on Thursday last week following a report of the baby’s death.

A post mortem examination revealed the cause of death to be obstruction of the airways.

The teenager was charged with murder yesterday and appeared at Grantham Magistrates Court this morning when the case was sent to the crown court.

This afternoon, the girl spoke only to confirm her name during a 75-minute hearing and no charge was put to her.

Judge Michael Heath remanded her to the care of the local authority and imposed a number of conditions including a ban on the girl having any unsupervised contact with her mother and stepfather as both are witnesses in the case. She is also not to have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 13.

The judge imposed an electronically monitored night time curfew between 7pm and 8am and ordered that the girl should not visit certain areas.

She is expected to live with a foster carer until her next crown court appearance, scheduled to take place in December.