A MOTHER has appeared in court charged with murdering her 11-year-old son after she was found holding the dead boy’s hand in a hotel room.
Yvonne Freaney, of Penarth, near Cardiff, was arrested after her son, Glen, was found dead at the Sky Plaza Hotel near the city’s international airport on Saturday. UK police launched a search to find the mother and son after relatives raised the alarm.
Detectives discovered Ms Freaney, 48, had checked into the hotel less than 10 miles from their home. Police went to their room and found Ms Freaney sitting alongside her son’s dead body and holding his hand.
Ms Freaney appeared in court yesterday for a short hearing where she was remanded in custody. She was accused of killing Glen between Thursday and Saturday. She spoke only to confirm her name, age and address when she appeared at Barry Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrate Mike Wilson remanded her in custody. She was due to appear at Cardiff Crown Court this morning.
South Wales Police said they were called to the three-star hotel where Glen and his mother were staying on Saturday by friends and family who were concerned about the boy’s safety.
Police sources initially said that Glen suffered from autism and used a wheelchair. It was also said that he was only able to talk through a computerised voice system. But police later said that the boy was not disabled, nor was he “wheelchair-bound”. A force spokesman said: “Sadly, when officers arrived at their hotel room, the victim was dead.”