A mother has been charged with the murder of her children Mikey and Thelma Dennany in a car fire in Co Westmeath.
Five-year-old Helma and her two-year-old brother Mikey were fatally injured around 4 p.m. on September 9 when their vehicle caught fire.
Her mother Lynn Egar, 48, appeared before Judge Bernadette Owens at a late special session of Mullingar Circuit Court this evening.
She did not respond to the proceedings and was remanded in custody after a five-minute hearing, only to appear again via video link before Athlone District Court on 28 September.
A passer-by came across her car on fire in Lackan, a townland on a country road linking the villages of Multyfarnham and Coole.
The mother-of-four and toddler Mikey were pulled out, and later emergency services found Thelma’s remains inside the car.
Mikey was taken to Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar by ambulance but was pronounced dead there.
Her mother, Lynn Egar, also sustained injuries but was airlifted to a Dublin hospital, where she remained for over a week and a half.
Detectives from Mullingar Garda Station launched an investigation and arrested them on Wednesday.
The children’s mother was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, which allows Gardaí to hold a person for questioning for 24 hours, after which they must be released or charged.
Mrs Egar lived in the family home in Winetown, Rathowen, Co. Westmeath.
Detective Sergeant David Donnelly told Judge Owens that at 7:22 p.m. he charged her with double murder.
“In response to the indictment after a warning, she did not respond,” he said, adding that she was given a true copy of the charges.
She is charged with the murder, contrary to common law, of Thelma and Michael Dennany on September 9 at Lackan, Multyfarnham.
The District Court does not have the power to review bail in murder cases, which can only be reviewed by the High Court.
Gardaí requested remand to appear in Athlone District Court via video link next Wednesday.
Ms Egar, dressed in a purple zip-up hooded top, black trousers and navy blue shoes, leaned forward and bowed her head at the beginning of the hearing, but then turned and faced the judge. However, she remained silent throughout the proceedings.
Defense Attorney Damien Coffey told Judge Owens there was permission for his client to appear at the next hearing via video link.
Legal aid was granted after the judge found that the lawyer had provided the investigative team with a statement of Ms Egar’s means.
Judge Owens asked Mr Coffey if there was anything else required for the pre-trial warrant, but the solicitor replied, “Nothing further follows,” and he was granted permission to speak to his client after she was escorted out of the courtroom. She was taken to the Dochas Centre, the women’s section of Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.
The bodies of the two children were returned to the family after Gardai completed the formal identification process. Hundreds of mourners turned out for the children’s funeral service at St Mel’s Cathedral on September 15 before being buried in Cullyfad Cemetery in Longford.
https://www.independent.ie/news/mother-48-charged-with-the-murder-of-her-two-children-who-died-in-a-car-fire-in-westmeath-42010760.html Mother Lynn Egar, 48, is charged with the murder of her two children who died in a car fire near Multyfarnham in Westmeath