MUM REMANDED IN CUSTODY OVER SON’S MURDER

Michelle Owens charged with the murder of her son Brendan Owens'  at their family home at Trinity Terrace in Lisburn, Co Antrim

Michelle Owens charged with the murder of her son Brendan Owens’ at their family home in Trinity Terrace, Lisburn, Co Antrim

A MOTHER has faced a court on Friday charged with the murder of her toddler son.

Michelle Owens was formally charged on Thursday night by detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team with the murder of her three-year-old son.

The 27-year-old appeared at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court dressed in a dark navy track suit.

She was remanded in custody to the women’s unit at Hydebank Wood jail to appear in court on October 7 via video link after no bail application was made by her defence team.

Her son Brendan Owens was found dead on July 4 at the family home at Trinity Terrace in Lisburn.

At first police treated the death as unexplained as a post mortem examination proved inconclusive.

But on Wednesday evening his mother was formally arrested at the house and taken to a police station for questioning.

On Thursday, a 51-year-old man was arrested as part of the murder inquiry.

He was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

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