— 37 -year-old Carly Ann Harris is accused of killing her 4-yr-old daughter
— Harris tells her family that she is sorry as she appears in court
A mother charged with the murder of her four-year-old daughter cried ‘I’m sorry’ to her family in court today.
Carly Ann Harris, 37, appeared in Merthyr Magistrates’ Court accused of killing four-year-old Amelia Brooke Harris.
The little girl was found dead at a property in Trealaw, Rhondda, South Wales, on Friday night. During the brief hearing, Harris, who was flanked by two dock officers, spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth.
Harris, who wore a grey tracksuit and cried in the dock, said ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry’ to the public gallery which was packed with five members of her family.
On Sunday, Amelia’s family paid tribute to a ‘fun-loving, caring and bubbly little girl’. In a statement released by South Wales Police, they said: ‘On Friday night we tragically lost our baby girl, Amelia Brooke Harris, a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, niece and cousin. ‘Amelia was beautiful both inside and out – and was a fun-loving, caring and bubbly little girl. ‘She was taken far too early from us and had her whole life ahead of her. ‘Words cannot convey how we are feeling at this moment in time. We know our lives will never be the same again.’
The force is supporting the family with specially-trained family liaison officers. A spokesman for South Wales Police said they were aware of ‘strong concern and reaction within the local community’ following Amelia’s death. Chief Superintendent Dorian Lloyd said: ‘We are continuing to investigate the events that led to the tragic death of a young child in Trealaw yesterday evening and an incident room has been established.
‘Specially-trained officers committed to providing support to the family and to the local community at this difficult time have been deployed. ‘I am aware of the deep concern and upset locally but would urge all members of the community to refrain from speculating on the incident and to demonstrate responsibility when posting content on social media. ‘I encourage everyone to think carefully about the consequences of messages when using social media – and how they may impact on others. ‘Positive action will be taken against those who post messages that are abusive, threatening or insulting.’ Harris was remanded in custody to appear before a judge at Cardiff Crown Court tomorrow.