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Mother, 47, is charged with murdering her 10-year-old son

A mother has been charged with murdering her ten-year-old son who lived with severe physical and mental disabilities.

Pembe Mehmetaliogullari, 47, from Hove, is accused of killing her son, Mustafa, who died at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton in September 2018.

The child, who lived with severe physical and mental disabilities, sadly died at the hospital just three days after he was admitted for treatment. 

A postmortem and subsequent toxicology examination established that the child's death was due to administration of non-prescribed medication, Sussex Police said.

On Saturday, Mehmetaliogullari appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday.

It comes after a complex investigation by the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit. 

Mustafa and his mother had been living in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, prior to his admission to hospital. 

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