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belfast tragedy Raluca Tagani (29) charged with murder of baby remanded in custody as tot's father attends vigil

Another child who was injured during the incident is said to be stable in hospital


Raluca Ioana Tagani

Raluca Ioana Tagani

Liam O’Keefe

Liam O’Keefe


Raluca Ioana Tagani

The father of a baby who lost his life in an incident in north Belfast on Tuesday night has said he is "truly heartbroken".

Liam O'Keefe was speaking while attending a vigil in Brompton Park last night, and thanked the Ardoyne community for their support.

Hi daughter, Kayla, who is two-and-a-half, is currently fighting for her life in hospital.

A 29-year-old woman charged with the murder of her baby son in north Belfast on Tuesday has been remanded into custody.

Raluca Ioana Tagani, originally from Romania, appeared by video link at Belfast Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning accused of murdering her son, Liam O’Keefe, at a house on Brompton Park in the Ardoyne area of the city.

She also stands accused of the attempted murder of a young child during the incident.

That child is currently being treated in hospital and is reported as being in a stable condition.

Appearing in front of deputy district judge Liam McStay, Tagani, of no fixed abode and wearing a grey tracksuit, spoke through a Romanian translator only to confirm her name and that she understood the charges against her.

A PSNI detective sergeant spoke to say he could connect the accused to the charges.

Tagani’s solicitor said he had no questions for the officer in connection with the incident and that he would not be applying for bail for his client.

The accused was remanded to appear again on August 27.

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