Pregnant woman charged with murder of Cork toddler

A 35-year old woman has been charged with the murder of 2-year old Santina Cawley in Cork last month.

Karen Harrington – who is four and a half months pregnant – appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court this morning.

Detective Garda Cormac Crotty told the court that he arrested Karen Harrington at an address at Lakelands Crescent, Mahon just before 8 o’clock this morning.

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She was taken to the Bridewell Garda Station where she was charged with the murder of Santina Cawley at Elderwood Park, Boreenmanna Road on July 5th last.

After being cautioned – she replied “I don’t understand why I’m getting charged. I didn’t murder no one”

Solicitor Paula McCarthy said that given the nature of the charge – a bail application could not be made today as it would have to be dealt with in the High Court – and she applied for a week’s adjournment.

She also asked that Karen Harrington – who has an address at Elderwood Park, Boreenmanna Road – receive any necessary medical attention while in custody because she is four and a half months pregnant.

Judge Mary Dorgan remanded her in custody until the 26th of August next.

Members of Santina Cawley’s family – including her mother – were in court today.