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  • 21 January 2013, 14:24

Devon Murder: Woman Charged Over Son's Death

A woman has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with murdering her two-year-old son.

Angela Vane, 40, appeared before magistrates in Torquay, charged with the murder of Shaun Riley O'Neill.

Vane, of Champernowne in Modbury, Plymouth, spoke only to confirm her name, age and date of birth.

Wearing a beige cardigan and a striped top, she wept throughout the two-minute hearing, flanked by two female security guards.

She was remanded in custody to appear at Plymouth Crown Court on Wednesday.

She is expected to enter a plea in April, the court heard.

Police were called to Champernowne at 8am on Saturday following a report to officers.

Police have carried out door-to-door inquiries and initial forensic work, although it is believed a post-mortem examination has yet to be carried out.

That process is expected to take place in the coming days by a Home Office pathologist or specialist paediatric pathologist.

On Sunday detectives re-appealed for information from the public.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they want to hear from witnesses who may have seen a woman in Modbury in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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