Woman charged with the murder of an infant remanded

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LONDON: A woman charged with murder has been remanded in custody. Mariam Benzain, 31 of Preston Road, Harrow appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 28 July. She was remanded in custody to appear at the same court on a date to be arranged.

The charges follow a call to an injured infant at an address in Preston Road, Harrow, at approximately 09:51hrs on Wednesday, 22 July. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and a baby boy, aged five months, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crime scene on Preston Road in Wembley

According to Met, Benzain was arrested at the scene and was subsequently charged with the murder of her son, Elias Biad. She was kept in custody to appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 24 July. A post mortem was carried out at St Thomas’ Hospital on Monday, 27 July and gave the preliminary cause of death as an incised wound. Homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime investigate.

A post mortem was carried out at St Thomas’ Hospital on Monday gave the preliminary cause of death as an “incised wound”, police said.

Homicide detectives launched an investigation and Mariam Benzain was kept in custody before appearing at Willesden Magistrates’ Court last Friday. At an Old Bailey hearing on Tuesday, Ms Benzain was remanded in custody and is set to appear at the same court on a date still to be confirmed.