Mother to stand trial charged with murder of three-year-old son

A mother will face trial next year charged with the murder of her toddler son.

Christina Robinson is accused of killing three-year-old Dwelaniyah Robinson.

The 28-year-old, of Bracken Court, Ushaw Moor, County Durham, also faces a charge of child neglect.

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Robinson appeared at Newcastle Crown Court today, via video link to prison, where she was not asked to enter a plea to the charges.

Judge Paul Sloan KC said a trial will take place on April 19 next year and Robinson will be back in court for a further hearing on December 13.

There was no application for bail and Robinson spoke only to confirm her name and that she understood the timetable.

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Judge Sloan told her: "I am adjourning this case to a pre-trial hearing, which will be listed before me on December 13 this year.

"You will be linked in on that date, as you have been today.

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Newcastle Crown Court.

"I have, however, fixed the trial date for this case, if a trial is necessary and that date has been identified as April 19 next year."

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Robinson was remanded in custody.

The charges arise after emergency services were called to a house in Bracken Court on Saturday November 5.

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Dwelaniyah was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham but was sadly pronounced dead shortly after arrival.