The father and grandmother of a baby who was found dead in a culvert appeared in court yesterday accused of perverting the course of justice.
Theresa Ann Simpson, Sherwain McCoy Smith and a 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were all remanded in custody at Birmingham Magistrates' Court charged with plotting to conceal the body of Troy Simpson.
Six-month-old Troy was found dead last Wednesday close to his home in Smethwick, Sandwell.
The charge against the three defendants alleges they conspired together between February 6 and 8 to falsely report the disappearance of Troy, having concealed his body, with intent to pervert the course of justice.
Simpson (47), of The Uplands, and 20-year-old Smith, of Arden Road, both Smethwick, spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth during the three-hour hearing.
District Judge Lesley Mot-tram refused bail applications lodged on behalf of all three defendants.
They were ordered to appear again at Birmingham Crown Court on February 20.
A post-mortem on Troy's body, which was found in a culvert at Thimblemill brook, Smethwick, proved inconclusive. The boy was reported missing on Tuesday last week, prompting police to appeal to the public in the Smethwick area to search for him.