Woman, 32, denies murdering five-month-old son after baby 'stabbed to death'

A WOMAN has today denied murdering her baby son at home.

Mariam Benzain, 32, is accused of stabbing to death five-month-old Elias Biad on July 23 last year in Preston Road, North West London.

Paramedics battled to save him, but the baby boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was an incised wound.

The Moroccan defendant, of Preston Road, Harrow, north-west London, appeared at the Old Bailey by video link today.

With the assistance of an Arabic translator, she pleaded not guilty to a single charge of murder.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC set a three-day trial to begin on March 15 on the issue of insanity.

The court heard psychiatric experts would be giving evidence on the defendant's mental state at the time of the death.

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