Mother charged with child’s murder

The mother of 6-year-old Bethany Butler appeared in Summary Court on Friday, charged with the child’s murder.

Wearing a wig and hiding her face behind her hand, Tamara Butler, 37, was escorted into court under police guard just after 1 p.m.

Mrs. Butler, who has been under observation in the Cayman Islands Hospital since the death of her daughter, was remanded in custody following a brief hearing before Chief Magistrate Nova Hall.

The court heard that Mrs. Butler was arrested in the early hours of Oct. 27 close to where the girl’s body was found, with multiple stab wounds, in the passenger seat of car parked in the bush in East End.

Cheryll Richards, director of Public Prosecutions, told the court the woman’s husband Lenford Butler, police sergeant would be a main witness.

She said police had gathered 23 witness statements to support a “strong circumstantial case” against Mrs. Butler.

Following Friday’s hearing, Mrs. Butler was remanded in custody at Fairbanks Prison, and Magistrate Hall adjourned the case to be sent up to the Grand Court on Nov. 28. Mrs. Butler, who wore a black trouser suit and dark rimmed glasses, was not called on to speak during the 20-minute hearing.

Her attorney, Delroy Murray, asked that police facilitate a hospital visit for the woman so that she could be examined by a visiting psychiatrist before her next hearing.

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