Couple on baby murder charge bailed by court

A COUPLE accused of murdering a four-month-old baby in Lancaster were granted bail when they appeared at crown court today, Friday.

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

The baby was admitted to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on November 17 last year, having been found found collapsed at his home in the Scotforth area of Lancaster.

The child was transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool with a bleed to the brain, but passed away a few days later.

At a preliminary hearing before Preston Crown Court, the pair appeared from custody and the Crown conceded it was appropriate for them to be granted conditional bail.

The case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing to take place on November 14.

A provisional trial date has been listed for March 12 next year.

They were remanded on conditional bail by Judge Anthony Russell QC.