Murder charge mum from Modbury remanded in custody
A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of her two-year-old son.
Angela Vane, of Champernowne in Modbury, faced magistrates in Torquay after Shaun Ryleigh O'Neill was found dead on Saturday.
The 40-year-old appeared in the dock flanked by two female security guards.
Wearing a striped blue and white top with a cream cardigan, the blonde-haired mother sobbed as the murder charge was read to her.
Represented by Peter Seigne, she spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth.
She was remanded in custody and will next appear at Plymouth Crown Court tomorrow morning.
It is expected she will enter her plea in court in April.
The toddler's body had been found at the property in Champernowne, Modbury, according to police.
Scenes of Crime officers were at the house, in a quiet residential street, at 8am on Saturday morning following a report to officers.
Police questioned Vane at Charles Cross Police Station over the weekend before she was formally charged on Sunday night.
It is understood relatives of the little boy have been informed about his death and of the fact that Vane has been charged.
Several floral tributes and a small teddy bear were left for the boy outside the house, shortly after news of the his death emerged.
Shaun's body was taken to Derriford Hospital and a post-mortem examination was carried out over the weekend.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting log number 0218 of January 19.
Police have still not formally released identification details of the little boy.
An inquest into the cause of the toddler's death has not yet been opened.