Grieving dad breaks down as he cradles casket of eight-week-old baby

A grieving father broke down as he carried the casket of his eight-week-old baby boy who was allegedly murdered by his mother at his funeral in Belfast.

Liam O'Keefe was found dead in a house in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast last Tuesday evening.

The child's mother, Raluca Ioana Tagani, 29, has been charged with murder over the fatal stabbing, as well as the attempted murder of a two-year-old child during the same incident.

Today, his grieving father, who is also named Liam O'Keefe, carried the baby's tiny casket at the funeral, supported by friends.

The heartbroken man, who gave permission for his son's funeral to be covered by the media, wore a jumper with his son's photo on the front as he cradled his casket.

He held the white coffin containing Liam's remains while mourners wore matching grey jumpers with a picture of the baby on them.

According to Mail Online, over £3,430 has been raised to support the family and pay for Liam's funeral.

His older daughter revealed her family's heartache after her brother Liam was stabbed 'repeatedly'.

Speaking from her home in Wolverhampton, she told The Sun: "They were meant to be having the baby's Christening soon – and now it's going to be a funeral.

"He was only eight weeks old so I didn't get to meet him. My dad is in absolute bits.

"Liam was a beautiful baby – I just can't get my head around it. We are all devastated."

The baby's mother appeared before a judge at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday morning before being remanded in custody.

Tagani appeared from a custody cell for the brief hearing before deputy district judge Liam McStay to confirm she understood the charges she faced.

A detective sergeant with the Police Service of Northern Ireland told the court he could connect the accused to the charge.

A solicitor for Tagani said he had no questions for the officer in respect of the connection.

She will next appear in court on August 27.

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