Three-week-old baby boy dies following stabbing in Newcastle

Man charged with two counts of attempted murder after baby’s mother also injured

A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. File photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. File photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

 

A baby boy has died in hospital following a stabbing in which his mother was seriously injured.

Emergency services were called to an address in Wallsend, North Tyneside, a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England, at 2.15pm last Wednesday and found a 21-year-old woman and her three-week-old son with life-threatening injuries.

The woman is now said to be in a stable condition, but Northumbria Police confirmed on Monday that the baby had died.

Following the incident on Portland Close, Denis Erdinch Beytula (27) was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Det ch insp Dave Cole of Northumbria Police said: “This is a devastating time for the baby’s family. Specialist officers continue to offer them support and I know the community in Wallsend are by their side too.

“It is impossible to imagine what they are going through and I would ask the public to continue to respect the family’s privacy at this time.

“A man has been charged in relation to the incident and we will continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service as the case moves forward.”

Mr Beytula, of Portland Close, Wallsend, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where he was remanded into custody.

He is now due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on October 31st.

Northumbria Police said that the baby died on Sunday, and that specialist family liaison officers are supporting his family.

His mother is continuing to receive hospital care, the force added. - PA