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Pair charged over death of Ulster toddler to appear in court again in September

The pair were refused bail and remanded into custody yesterday

Jade Dempsey and Darren Armstrong

This is the man and woman charged over the death of Ali Jayden Doyle (2) who died from a serious head injury on August 6.

Darren John Armstrong (32) and Jade Dempsey (24) who also goes by the name Maguire, appeared in court in Omagh yesterday charged in connection to the death of the toddler.

Armstrong, of Ashbeg Drove in Dungannon, has been charged with Ali's murder and perverting the court of justice.

Ali's mother, Ms Dempsey, who is originally from Dublin, but has an address in Sycamore Drive in Dungannon, has been charged with perverting the court of justice and causing the death of a child by an unlawful act.

The pair, who appeared before Omagh Magistrates Court via video link, were refused bail and remanded into custody.

They are due to appear at Dungannon Magistrate’s on September 1.

The toddler died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after she was found unconscious at a house in Park Avenue in Dungannon.

Yesterday, Detective Sergeant James Brannigan told the court that when emergency services arrived at the house, Ali was unresponsive.

The court heard that Armstrong told emergency services that Ali's one-year-old brother had hit her over the head with a toy and that she had fallen against a hearth.

Detective Brannigan said: "On the way to hospital, paramedics became concerned by the account that had been given by both mother and partner about what happened the child and the way the child presented.

"They contacted social services and the PSNI in relation to the two children."

Judge Kelly also said that Armstrong has a "litany" of breaches of court orders.

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