A mother who stabbed her toddler son to death has been sentenced to five years in prison.
On October the 16th 2014, the body of two and a half year old Hassan Khan was found at his home. The toddler was described by his family as a lovely and happy boy who loved animals.
Last month, his mum 46 year old Hazel Waters of Ridge Hall in Ballybrack was due to stand trial for murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
The court heard on the day of the killing she had sent texts saying Hassan was a fake child who had been cloned.
The alarm was raised when she arrived at her sister in laws house without Hassan and was unable to say where he was. She was in a distressed state. She said 'they' had taken him but couldn't say who 'they' were.
She has since been diagnosed with a personality disorder and the court heard this diminished her responsibility at the time of the killing. She has been in the Central Mental Hospital ever since.
Judge Patrick McCarthy said the child was stabbed twice with a scissors and ‘one cannot but be moved by the event.’
He added that it was ‘a tragic thing that a child of this age would be killed unlawfully by his mother.’
He said social services had been in contact with the family and efforts had been made to contact and engage with Ms Waters. Part of the reason she didn't do this is because she was suffering from the personality disorder.
He sentenced Hazel Waters to seven years in jail with two suspended. It's understood she will be returned to the Central Mental Hospital for treatment.
Judge McCarthy said Ms Waters must be reintroduced into society in a structured manner.