A UK girl was charged Friday with homicide for allegedly stabbing her 8-week-old son to loss of life in a stunning assault that additionally left her 2-year-old daughter wounded, in response to stories.
Romanian-born Raluca Ioana Tagani, 29, made a digital look earlier than Belfast Magistrates’ Court, the place she was formally charged with homicide and tried homicide, BelfastLive reported.
Tagani was accused of fatally stabbing Liam O’Keefe on Tuesday at Brompton Park within the Ardoyne space of Belfast in Northern Ireland. The child was pronounced useless on the scene, in response to the outlet.
The woman has been hospitalized in secure situation after the brutal assault, which occurred about 8 p.m.
The suspect, who additionally was handled for unspecified accidents, was later questioned by police and made a distant look in court docket as a number of members of the O’Keefe household watched the transient listening to.
Tagani confirmed no emotion as she nodded and replied “yes” via an interpreter if she understood the fees towards her, in response to BelfastStay.
Liam’s half-sister described her household’s heartache after she stated her brother was stabbed “repeatedly.”
“They were meant to be having the baby’s christening soon — and now it’s going to be a funeral, she told The Sun from her Wolverhampton home in England. “He was only eight weeks old so I didn’t get to meet him.”
She added that her dad “is in absolute bits.”
“Liam was a beautiful baby. I just can’t get my head around it. We are all devastated,” she stated.
“On Tuesday, when it happened, my dad was standing in my sister’s kitchen. She was in the bath and she heard a scream, which was my dad,” the half-sister advised The Sun. “My sister rang the emergency services in Northern Ireland and they sent a rapid response out.”
She stated she held her dad as he cried.
“The police and ambulance came to check how he was. My dad’s a big man and he never displays his feelings. To see him like that was just horrific,” she stated, the Mirror reported.
O’Keefe rushed to the Northern Irish capital after receiving the devastating information.
“To all the neighbors and the full community for all their help and support, I really appreciate it all,” the grieving father advised a vigil Thursday evening.
“Holding this vigil means the world to me. I am truly heartbroken but it gives me the strength to know you are all giving so much love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he stated.
The accused killer’s lawyer Sean Mullan advised the court docket his shopper was not making an software for bail. Tagani’s subsequent court docket look is scheduled for Aug. 27.
Some locals had helped police earlier than ambulances arrived after the massacre.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Millar thanked the tight-knit neighborhood “for their unwavering support and patience while we continue our investigation into the tragic events of Tuesday evening and I continue to ask that anyone who has any information to contact us,” in response to BelfastStay.