Baby dies after father's arrest

A three month old baby girl has died in hospital hours after her father appeared in court charged with causing her grievous bodily harm.

The injured child had been brought to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital from a house in the west of the city on Wednesday night and had been described as being in a critical condition since then.

Her 23-year-old father appeared before a judge in Craigavon Magistrates Court in Co Armagh this morning. The accused, who was not named for legal reasons, was bailed to appear in court again later this month.

Police tonight announced the child had since died. A post mortem examination will take place in the coming days.

A spokesman from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “Following the court appearance of a 23-year-old man in Craigavon this morning detectives from Serious Crime Branch will be consulting with the Public Prosecution Service in relation to this case,” he said.

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