A 16-year-old boy sobbed in the dock as he appeared in court charged with the murder of his six-week-old son.
The infant had suffered “head injuries and a bite to the nose”.
Police were called to a mother-and-child residential unit in Defender Road, Southampton, Hampshire, at 5.05am on Sunday where the little boy was found with “significant injuries”.
The child was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The teenage defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was supported by his mother as he appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court charged with murder.
As the teenager was led from court, he said to his mother “love you” to which she replied: “Love you, darling.”
An 18-year-old woman, who was also arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder, has been released by police but remains under investigation, according to a Hampshire police spokeswoman.
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Neighbours spoke of their shock after the death of the newborn.
One, who asked to remain nameless, told the Daily Echo: “I couldn’t believe what I heard when the police came and told us what happened.
“It’s a worry. Nobody knows what has happened.”