Mum bailed for son’s funeral

Tyler Whelan
Tyler Whelan
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A WIGAN mother charged with causing or allowing the death of her five-year-old son is free to attend the tragic youngster’s funeral.

Stephanie Whelan, 26, will be able to attend the funeral of her son Tyler at St Anne’s Church in Beech Hill next week after a judge released her on conditional bail.

Little Tyler died in hospital on March 7, after he was found unconscious after collapsing at his home.

His mother, Stephanie, and her partner, Elvis Lee, 33, have since both been charged with causing or allowing the youngster’s death.

In a preliminary hearing at Cambridge Crown Court last month, Lee was remanded in custody prior to a further court appearance on July 8, but Whelan was bailed to live with her mother in Wigan.

Judge Anthony Bate ordered that Whelan must also abide by a 9pm-6am curfew every day.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed: “She (Stephanie Whelan) was granted conditional bail, and will return to Cambridge Crown Court on July 8 for a plea and case management hearing.

“The conditions of the bail are to remain at a fixed address between 9pm and 6am, and to wear an electronic tag.

“She must also not contact any of the prosecution witnesses, and has to see her GP every Monday.”

Youngster Tyler was found unconscious at a house in Crabtree, Peterborough, on March 7 and was rushed to Peterborough City Hospital’s accident and emergency unit at about 11am.

Police said his condition deteriorated shortly after his arrival at hospital, where he subsequently died.

Lee, of Crabtree, Paston, and Whelan, of Sheepwalk, Paston, were both then arrested by police on Friday, March 11, and appeared separately before Peterborough Magistrates’ Court three days later.

Following Tyler’s tragic death, neighbours and friends of the family placed flowers and cards outside his home and pupils at Tyler’s primary school, who were offered counselling, created a special star in his honour.

A death notice published in the Wigan Evening Post this week told how Tyler was “a much loved son, grandson and brother” who will be “very sadly missed by all who knew him”.

His funeral service is set to take place at St Anne’s Church in Beech Hill on Monday, April 11, prior to a private committal at Wigan Crematorium.