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Kimberley Hainey denies murdering toddler son Declan

A woman is to stand trial accused of murdering her 23-month-old son at a house in Paisley, concealing his body and pretending he was alive.

Kimberley Hainey, 36, denies assaulting and neglecting her son Declan between September 2008 and March 2010.

It is also alleged she left the child unattended in soiled nappies and caused him to ingest heroin and amphetamine.

Hainey denies all charges. The trial at the High Court in Glasgow is expected to begin in November.

The case is expected to last up to seven weeks and likely to involve a number of expert witnesses.

Drugs allegations

Hainey appeared in the dock during a preliminary hearing.

The accusations against her include claims she caused the child to ingest heroin and amphetamine and that she left him unattended and in soiled nappies for excessive periods of time.

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.

Hainey, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, also faces a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

She is accused of failing to inform the police or other authorities of Declan's death, concealing his body in a house at Bruce Road and preventing people from entering the property.

It is also alleged that - on numerous occasions - Hainey pretended that Declan was being looked after by a family member, a friend or was at nursery.

It is claimed that she pretended to Elizabeth and John Rodden that she was going to take Declan on holiday with her and induced them to pay for his passport and then told them she could not take him on a break because he was too young.

Benefits claims

She is said to have accepted toys, clothes and gifts for the boy in a bid to make people believe he was still alive, and failed to tell Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs that Declan had died enabling her to continue to receive child benefit.

The Crown alleges that Hainey pretended that Declan was alive in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice between 1 July 2009 and 31 March 2010.

Hainey is also accused of supplying heroin to Greig Irving at a house in Renfrew on various occasions between 25 December 2009 and 31 March last year.

She faces a final charge of having heroin in her possession at Bruce Road between 1 September 2008, and 31 March 2010.

Hainey denies all allegations.

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