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27th Aug 2021

Safety concerns for the Tyrone woman accused of allowing her toddler’s death after ‘social media backlash’

Kat O'Connor

The Tyrone mum has been accused of allowing the death of her daughter.

There are safety concerns for a Tyrone mum who was accused of allowing her toddler’s death.

The High Court has heard that Jade Dempsey would be at risk if she was to return to her home in Co. Tyrone.

The 24-year-old has been at the centre of social media backlash since her partner was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Ali Jayden Doyle.

The court decided that the risk to Dempsey if she returned to her home address, could not be managed.

Prosecutors believe Dempsey should not be released, especially due to the backlash she has faced.

However, her defence said the mum is confident she has the support of her neighbours in the Dungannon area.

32-year-old Darren Armstrong has been accused of Ali’s murder and perverting the court of justice.

Dempsey has been accused of perverting the court of justice and allowing the death of her daughter.

Emergency services were called to Armstrong’s house on August 6. The young girl was found with serious head injuries and was rushed to Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

It is believed the mum lied to the police about what actually happened. She told police that she was visiting Armstrong to return a bank card. She then left her son and daughter with him to look for a child’s dummy.

The mum then received a call from Armstrong to say her daughter wasn’t breathing.

Armstrong claims the little girl fell and hit her head against the fireplace.

However, it was later revealed that Armstrong was not allowed to have unsupervised visits with Dempsey’s children.

The 24-year-old later told investigators that she was planning on travelling to Belfast to purchase a buggy the day her daughter died.

She left her kids with Armstrong despite social services arrangements.

When the mum was walking to the bus station Armstrong called her to tell her Ali was not breathing.


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