Mother of slain 6-year-old charged with murder

A woman accused of killing her 6-year-old daughter appeared in court Friday after being formally charged with murder.

Tamara Butler, 37, was remanded in custody following a brief hearing in front of Chief Magistrate Nova Hall.

The body of Bethany Butler was found in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in the bush off the Queens Highway, near Barefoot Beach, on Oct. 27, with multiple stab wounds.

Mrs. Butler was arrested nearby and has been detained under the mental health law in the hospital, under police guard, ever since.

Wearing a black trouser suit and a wig to cover her shaved head, Mrs. Butler was not called on to speak during Friday’s hearing. Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards outlined the basic facts of the case, saying the evidence against the defendant was strong.

Magistrate Hall adjourned the case to be sent up to the Grand Court on Nov. 28.

If you value our service, if you have turned to us in the past few days or weeks for verified, factual updates, if you have watched our live streaming of press conferences or sent an article to a friend... please consider a donation. Quality local journalism was at risk before the coronavirus crisis. It is now deeply threatened. Even a small amount can go a long way to sustaining our mission of informing the public. We need our readers’ financial support now more than ever.