Couple appear in court over Lancaster baby death

A COUPLE from Lancaster have appeared in court charged with murdering a four-month-old baby boy.

Christopher Roberts, 18, of Great Dockray, Penrith, and Karen Irvine, 18, of Lark Field, Penrith, have both been charged with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.

The pair appeared before Lancaster magistrates today, Thursday, and were remanded in custody to appear before Preston Crown Court tomorrow, Friday, to apply for bail. No pleas were entered.

The baby was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on November 17 last year after collapsing at his home address in the Scotforth area of Lancaster.

He was transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool with a bleed to the brain but died four days later.