Six-month-old baby dies with mum and dad appearing in court charged with murder


A couple have appeared in court charged with murdering their six-month-old baby son.

Little Robert Ion died in hospital and his mum Gabriela Ion, 35, and dad Mihai-Catalin Gulie, 28, are now charged with his murder.

Cheshire Police were called shortly after 1pm on February 18 to reports that the baby was unresponsive at home in Mersey Road, Widness.

The tiny tot was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.

Today his parents appeared in the dock at North Cheshire Magistrates Court in Warrington.

Assisted by an interpreter, they spoke to confirm their names, dates of birth and address.

The pair were remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on March 1.

In a statement issued this morning, a Cheshire police spokeswoman said: “A man and woman have been charged with murder following the death of a baby.

“At 1.05pm on Thursday, February 18, police were notified that a six-month-old boy had been taken to hospital after becoming unresponsive at an address in Widnes.

“The boy was taken to hospital where he passed away.

“Gabriela Ion, 35, and Mihai-Catalin Gulie, 28, were arrested and subsequently charged with murder.”