Man appears in court accused of murdering Sheffield toddler

Erin Tomkins
Erin Tomkins

A man appeared in court this morning accused of killing a Sheffield toddler.

Dressed in a white T-shirt and blue jeans, Martin Johnson, aged 19, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court accused of murdering 22-month-old tot, Erin Tomkins.

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Johnson, of Leighton Road, Gleadless Valley, spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and nationality.

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District Judge, Paul Healey, told Johnson the charge was so serious it could only be dealt with at Sheffield Crown Court, and remanded him into custody until his next scheduled appearance there on Tuesday, May 29.

Johnson will be given the opportunity to apply for bail during that hearing.

Erin, from Gleadless Valley, died of severe head injuries at Sheffield Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, after being taken there for treatment the previous day.