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Keady baby death: Man charged with murder

Police are treating the sudden death of a baby boy in Keady on Tuesday as murder and have charged a 31-year-old man.

Eleven-month-old Hunter McGleenan died while in the care of the accused, Sharyar Ali, of Westenra Terrace, Monaghan.

Within hours of the baby’s death being reported on Tuesday, the accused was arrested and questioned.  

A post mortem was carried out on the infant on Thursday, the results of which prompted police to treat his death as murder.  

Ali, who is originally from Pakistan, appeared before Newry Magistrates Court on Saturday where he was formally charged with the infant’s murder.  He spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the charge against him.

The court heard that Hunter was in the care of Ali from Monday afternoon while his mother Nicole McGleenan visited her seriously ill grandmother, who has since died.  When he returned the child to his home on Market Street, Keady on Tuesday, he declared the infant couldn’t breath, and when the family ran to the car to check, they found baby Hunter cold to touch.   A head injury sustained by the infant was not believed to have been accidental, the court was told.

It was also revealed in court that during police interviews, the accused admitting leaving the child alone twice for a period of hours while in his care.

It emerged that Ali had been in a relationship with the child’s mother for a year, but that he is not Hunter’s biological father.

An application for bail was refused and Ali was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link on December 18th.

A death notice for baby Hunter said he was the beloved and cherished son of Nicole and loving grandson of Grania and Eddie.  Deeply regretted by his heartbroken mummy, grandparents, aunts Coleen and Erin, uncles Nathan, Jordan and Luke, great-grandparents Ann and Paddy and the entire family circle.

On Friday, the PSNI’s Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan confirmed Hunter’s sudden death has become a murder investigation.

He said: “My thoughts remain with Hunter’s family and loved ones who are coming to terms with their devastating loss.  This is something no parent should ever have to experience. His family should be looking forward to Hunter’s second Christmas.”  

As part of the investigation, police are keen to trace the movements of a white BMW 5 Series, registration 11D14035, around the Keady area during the early hours of Tuesday 26 November.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the vehlcle or who has dash cam footage is asked to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 587 of the 26/11/19. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.