THE parents of a two-week-old baby have appeared in court charged with murdering him in hospital, PA reporter George Lithgow writes.

Daniel Gunter, 25, and Sophie Staddon, 20, are accused of killing baby Brendon Staddon at Yeovil District Hospital.

They are charged with murdering the baby boy on March 5 this year.

Gunter appeared before Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Friday afternoon, where he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Staddon appeared before the same court on Friday morning.

Both defendants, of no fixed address, have also been charged with causing or allowing Brendon’s death.

That charge alleges that “being a member of the same household as and having had frequent contact” with Brendon, they either caused his death or did not protect him from a foreseeable “significant risk of serious physical harm”.

Brendon was two weeks old when he died at the hospital, where he was an inpatient, at about 5am on March 5.

Staddon appeared before Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning, where she spoke to confirm her name, date of birth, and address.

Neither defendant was asked to enter pleas in relation to the two charges.

Presiding Justice Victoria McNiven told Staddon: “This matter is being sent to Bristol Crown Court on March 11 at 10am.

“In the meantime, you are being remanded in custody.”

Deborah Hodges appeared for the prosecution during the short hearing, while Tony Miles represented Staddon.

Avon and Somerset Police previously said officers were called to the hospital, where Brendon was an inpatient, by staff.

An investigation was launched by the force’s major crime investigation team a short time later.

Detective Inspector Mark Newbury, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “This is a particularly tragic case in which a very young baby has died, and our thoughts are with Brendon’s loved ones during this time.

“We have been carrying out inquiries at the hospital this week, and we’re grateful to the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and their staff for their assistance in enabling us to do this.”

Staddon will next appear before Bristol Crown Court on March 11.