Trial of Mother Accused of Her Four-Year-Old Daughter's Murder Begins in UK's South Wales

Published June 11th, 2018 - 11:00 GMT
Amelia Brooke Harris (Twitter)
Amelia Brooke Harris (Twitter)

A mother accused of murdering her four-year-old daughter has arrived in court this morning.

Carly Ann Harris, 37, from Trealaw, Rhondda, South Wales, was charged with the murder of Amelia Brooke Harris after the little girl was found dead in a garden on Friday. Her family have paid tribute to a 'fun-loving, caring and bubbly little girl'.

Harris arrived at Merthyr Magistrates' Court in south Wales this morning in handcuffs and was led from a police van into the court. She wore prison-issued grey clothing and covered her head with a jumper.

Emergency services were called to an address on Brithweunydd Road at around 10.20pm on Friday night where they discovered Amelia's body 'under a blanket in the garden.'

During today's brief hearing, Harris, who was flanked by two dock officers, spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth.

The court heard that the charge was so serious that Harris's case could only be dealt with at the Crown Court and that magistrates had no power to consider bail.

Harris was remanded in custody to appear before a judge at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday.

Russell Blake, chairman of the bench, told her: 'This case can only be sent to Merthyr Crown Court sitting at Cardiff on June 12. As this is an indictable-only offence, you will be remanded into custody as you have no right to apply for bail today.'

In a statement released by South Wales Police, the family said: 'On Friday night we tragically lost our baby girl Amelia Brooke Harris.

'A loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter, niece and cousin.

'Amelia was beautiful both inside and out - and was a fun-loving, caring and bubbly little girl.

'She was taken far too early from us and had her whole life ahead of her. Words cannot convey how we are feeling at this moment in time.

'We know our lives will never be the same again.'

The force is supporting the family with specially trained family liaison officers.

Detective Superintendent Richard Jones, of South Wales Police, said: 'Our thoughts go out to the family and friends in what is a traumatic incident.

 

 

'I would like to thank them for speaking with us and assisting our investigation, at what is clearly a very difficult time for them.

'I would also like to thank the local community for their patience, given the significant police activity in the area over the past 36 hours.

'In addition, I want to remind members of the public to demonstrate responsibility when using social media.

'Some information has been both upsetting for family members and could compromise the investigation, and future court proceedings.'

A force spokesman said on Sunday: 'Carly Ann Harris, from Trealaw, was charged with murder in connection with the death of four-year-old Amelia Brooke Harris on Friday June 8.

'Carly Ann Harris will appear at Merthyr Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.'

Police are awaiting results of a postmortem, which is taking place today, to determine the cause of the little girl's death.

A number of teddy bears and flowers have been left on Brithweunydd Road in tribute to Amelia.

A teddy bear with heart-shaped cards read: 'RIP Princess', while a unicorn toy and red roses were also left outside the police cordon.

Amelia was described as an 'angelic' little girl who loved Peppa Pig and the colour pink.

A neighbour said: 'She was a delight, always giggling and smiling. She was just a normal happy toddler who was usually dressed in pink.

'I'd see her out playing in the garden - her mum doted on her.'

The family lived in a three-bedroomed new housing association property in Brithweunydd Road which was closed to traffic after the incident while police, the fire service and forensic officers examined the scene.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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