Mother accused of murdering sons must stay at hospital
A mother accused of murdering her two sons appeared in court yesterday. Jael Mullings, 21, was taken into the dock accompanied by four members of staff from a psychiatric hospital when she appeared at Manchester city magistrates court.
She is accused of stabbing to death Romario, two, and Delayno Mullings-Sewell, three months, at their home in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, last month, hours after a family doctor contacted police to express concern for their welfare.
A joint funeral for the boys, described by their family as "gorgeous" and "beautiful", will take place in Manchester this morning at St John's church, Cheetham Hill, followed by a private burial service.
Mullings, who was estranged from her partner, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act following their deaths on November 12. Wearing a black hooded jacket, grey jumper and dark trousers in court yesterday, she spoke briefly to confirm her name, date of birth and address. She blew kisses to her mother and other family members, believed to be siblings, in the public gallery. They blew kisses back to her.
Ian Lee, prosecuting, told the magistrates Mullings was on bail on condition she remains at the Edenfield Centre, Prestwich, Greater Manchester, a mental health unit, where she will be given treatment. He said: "It is clearly a case that can only be dealt with at crown court."
Colin Thompson, chairman of the bench, granted bail on condition Mullings remains at the Edenfield Centre, and the case was committed to Manchester crown court for a hearing on December 17.
No pleas were entered by Mullings. It is a condition of her bail that she resides at the hospital and if this situation changed, the hospital staff confirmed they would notify Greater Manchester police.
Officers were called to the family home in Cheetham Hill on the evening of November 12 following reports of concern for the children's welfare.
Their bodies were discovered and post-mortems showed each had died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest. The local authority and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have announced separate investigations.
Manchester city council announced it was reviewing the contact between its children's services department and Mullings, although the children were not on the at-risk register. Police had called at the house where the boys' bodies were found hours before their deaths but had been unable to get an answer. Ambulance workers and police staff were offered counselling after attending the scene.