Friday 20 September 2019

Woman charged with murder of toddler seeking High Court bail

Karen Harrington. Picture: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts
Karen Harrington. Picture: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts

Ralph Riegel

A pregnant woman charged with the murder of toddler Santina Cawley is awaiting a High Court bail hearing.

Karen Harrington (35) appeared before Judge Mary Dorgan at Cork District Court charged with the murder of the two-year-old who died after being found with critical injuries in a Boreenmanna Road apartment complex on July 5 last.

She was charged with the murder last week and appeared again in court on a remand hearing.

Judge Mary Dorgan was told by defence counsel Paula McCarthy BL her client is now awaiting a bail hearing in the High Court.

Ms McCarthy said that in the circumstances the matter should be adjourned pending the High Court ruling.

Judge Dorgan remanded Ms Harrington in custody to appear again before Cork District Court on September 6.

Wearing a white jumper and tan slacks, Ms Harrington did not speak during the brief hearing.

Santina's parents, Bridget O'Donoghue and Michael Cawley, were present.

The court previously heard details of the arrest, caution and charge from Detective Garda Cormac Crotty.

When the charge was formally put to the defendant, she replied: "I do not understand why I am being charged - I did not murder no one."

Ms Harrington, of Elderwood Park, Boreenamanna Road, Cork, is not related to Santina. Ms McCarthy asked the court to direct that her client should receive all required medical attention while in custody as she is four-and-a-half months pregnant.

Irish Independent

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