Doncaster mum charged with murdering son days after second birthday ‘put on suicide watch in jail’

The Doncaster mum charged with murdering her two-year-old son days after his second birthday has been put on suicide watch in jail, according to reports.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 2:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 9:46 am

Sarah O’Brien, 32, is due to appear in court again tomorrow, along with partner Martin Currie, 36. Both have been charged with the murder of Keigan O’Brien at the tot’s home in Bosworth Road, Adwick, last week.

According to reports, O’Brien ‘can’t stop crying,’ is ‘beside herself with grief' and has been put on suicide watch while on remand.

A relative told The Sun that prison bosses fear O’Brien may try to self-harm or even take her own life after being remanded in custody following her first court appearance on Saturday.

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Sarah O'Brien (right) has been charged with murder. (Photo: SWNS).

They did not enter pleas during their separate brief hearings before Doncaster Magistrates Court.

They will appear again at Sheffield Crown Court tomorrow.

A family member told the newspaper: “She simply can’t stop crying and at times becomes hysterical. We're really worried for her mental state and well being so are the jail wardens.

"We’ve heard she’s been put on suicide watch for her own safety. No one apart from those two know what really happened to that poor little lad and why.

"On Monday she had been celebrating his second birthday. She loved him to bits and spoilt him rotten with presents.

“On Wednesday he wasn’t breathing and on Thursday he tragically passed away in hospital. She’s grieving for the loss of her son."

Keigan died in hospital a day after being found unresponsive and in cardiac arrest at his home in Adwick.

A post-mortem examination later concluded that the youngster had died as a result of head injuries.

On Saturday night, hundreds of neighbours and friends gathered outside the family’s home in Adwick for a candelit vigil and a release of blue balloons in memory of Keigan.

It is understood that the youngster had celebrated his birthday on Monday with a party at the Flip Out trampoline park in Doncaster’s Frenchgate Centre.

A colourful banner proclaiming ‘Happy 2nd birthday’ is still attached to a window at the house in Bosworth Road.