Glasgow & West Scotland

Kimberley Hainey in court charged with son's murder

A woman has appeared in court accused of murdering her 23-month-old son, concealing his body and pretending that he was still alive.

Kimberley Hainey, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, was also charged with having heroin in her possession at a house in Bruce Road, Paisley.

The 36-year-old denies all the charges against her.

At the High Court in Glasgow, temporary judge Rita Rae QC continued the case until next month.

Ms Hainey is charged with assaulting, willfully ill-treating and neglecting her son Declan between September 2008 and March last year.

It is alleged that she left him alone and unattended in the house for excessive periods of time, left him in wet and soiled nappies for excessive periods of time, caused him to be exposed to heroin and amphetamine, caused him to ingest these drugs and failed to provide medical aid and care for him.

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The Crown has accused Hainey of either murdering her son or alternatively of neglecting him by failing to provide medical care for him whereby his physical and psychological development were impaired.

Ms Hainey is also accused of failing to inform the police or other authorities of Declan's death, concealing his body in the house, and preventing people from entering the house.

It is also alleged that on numerous occasions Ms Hainey pretended that Declan was not with her, but was being looked after by a family member, a friend or was at nursery.

It is also claimed that Ms Hainey pretended to a couple that she was going to take Declan on holiday with her and induced them to pay money for his passport. She is then said to have told them he could not go on holiday because he was too young.

Ms Hainey is also alleged to have accepted toys, clothes and gifts for Declan in a bid to make people believe he was still alive and kept claiming child benefit after his death.

The Crown alleges that Ms Hainey pretended that Declan was alive in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice between July 2009 and March 2010.

She is also accused of supplying heroin to a man in Renfrew on various occasions between December 2009 and March last year.

She is also charged with having heroin in her possession at the house in Bruce Road between September 2008 and March 2010.

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