Mother charged with killing two children in car fire

A mother has been charged with killing her children Mikey and Thelma Denaney in a car blaze in County Westmeath.

At around 4:00 pm on September 9, Thelma, 5, and her brother Mikey, 2, were fatally injured when their car caught fire.

Their mother, Lynn Egar, 48, appeared before Judge Bernadette Owens in a late special session at Mullinger District Court on Thursday night.

She made no mention of the lawsuit and was taken into custody to reappear in Athlone District Court on Sept. 28 via video link after a five-minute hearing.

A passerby came across their car engulfed in flames in Rakan, a town on country roads connecting the villages of Martifarnam and Chur.

A mum of four and toddler Mikey were pulled out, after which paramedics found Thelma’s body in the car.

Mikey was taken by ambulance to Midlands Regional Hospital Mullinger, where he was pronounced dead.

His mother was also injured, but was airlifted to a hospital in Dublin where she remained for over a week and a half.


Mullingar Garda station-based detectives launched an investigation and arrested her on Wednesday.

The children’s mother was detained under Article 4 of the Criminal Justice Code. This allows Gardai to hold the individual for questioning for 24 hours, after which he must be released or charged.

Mr. Egger lived in his family’s home in Winetown, Latowen, County Westmeath.

Sergeant David Donnelly told Judge Owens that he had charged her with two counts of murder at 7:22 p.m. “After I paid her attention, she made no reply.”

She is charged with killing Thelma and Michael Denaney on September 9 in Laccan, Martifernham, contrary to common law.

District Courts do not have jurisdiction to consider bail in murder cases that can only be considered by the High Court.

Gardai filed for remand in Athlone District Court via video link next Wednesday.


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Wearing a purple hooded zipper top, black pants and navy shoes, Mr. Egger leaned forward and bowed at the start of the hearing before turning and facing the judge. But she kept her silence throughout her proceedings.

Attorney Damian Coffey told Judge Owens that the client had agreed to appear on video link at the upcoming hearing. Legal aid was granted after it was noted that he had made a statement.

Judge Owens asked Mr. Coffey if anything else was needed for the remand warrant, but the attorney replied, “Nothing more will happen,” and after she was removed from the courtroom, he asked his She was remanded to the Dochas Center, the women’s unit at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.

The bodies of the two children were returned to their families after Gardaí completed a formal identification process. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the children’s funeral at St Her Mel’s Cathedral on 15 September, before they were buried in Khalifad Cemetery in Longford. Mother charged with killing two children in car fire

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