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Cork woman charged with murder of Anthony Ward

The child was found dead at a house in Charleville
Image caption The child was found dead at his house in Charleville on Monday morning

A County Cork woman has been charged with the murder of her eight-year-old son.

The body of Anthony Ward was found at his family home at Harrison Place, Charleville, on Monday.

In court on Wednesday was 43-year-old Diane Ward, of the same address. She was remanded in custody.

The court heard she was arrested at Cork University Hospital, and taken to a Garda station where she was charged on Wednesday afternoon.

The charging officer Detective Sergeant Michael Corbett told the court that Ms Ward made no reply to the charge.

Her solicitor Paul Cagney applied for free legal aid, which was granted by Judge Eugene O'Kelly who also said that due to the nature of the charge the issue of bail did not arise in the district court.

Superintendent Pat McCarthy asked she be remanded to the Dóchas centre where she would have access to Central Mental Hospital services.

Judge O'Kelly then remanded her to the centre and he ordered that a psychiatric report on the accused be made available to the court and that she receive any treatment that she may need while on remand.

She is to be brought before Limerick District Court again on the 11 September.

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