Police plea for witnesses as murder case mum is in court
DETECTIVES are making a "heartfelt appeal" for witnesses to come forward following a mother being charged with the murder of her two-year-old son.
Their plea comes as the case of Angela Vane, from Champernowne in Modbury, was due to appear before Plymouth Crown Court today.
The body of her son, toddler Shaun Ryleigh O'Neill, was found at a property in the village on Saturday.
Investigating officers have made an appeal for anyone who may have seen a woman walking between Modbury and Wrangaton in the hours leading up to the discovery.
The woman in question was seen walking along the countryside route between 2am and 8.15am on Saturday, January 19.
She is described as having fair, shoulder-length hair and wearing a black jacket, black jeans and green Wellington boots.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting log number 0218 of 190113.
Detective Inspector John Ardron, from the city-based Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "This is a tragic case.
"We are supporting all the family members with specially trained officers.
"I can't imagine how the family feel at this time. I can only sympathise with them.
"The investigation is proceeding, with lines of enquiry being progressed.
"I would like to make a heartfelt appeal to anyone with information to call the police, it would assist us greatly."
Yesterday a police cordon was still surrounding the property in Champernowne.
More cards, flowers and teddy bears had been left outside in tribute to the tragic youngster.
Neighbours were still in shock about the news.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "It's a complete mystery what happened.
"It's a complete shock to us, we can't believe it at all."
Another added: "We haven't come to terms with it.
"We can't believe this has happened on our doorstop."
And another Modbury resident paid tribute to the toddler.
"Shaun was such a wonderful child," they said.
"He was the kind of little boy where you'd walk past and he would smile at you.
"Everyone knew him. He was a little soldier. It's all very tragic."