Baby killed in Wallsend stab attack named as Andrei Stefan

A tragic three-week-old baby stabbed to death in Wallsend has been named as Andrei Stefan.

The baby died in hospital four days after the attack at his home in Howdon.

Mum Andreea Sefan was also seriously injured and is now recovering.

The baby's identity had been protected by a court order but it was today lifted by magistrates following the death, reports Chronicle Live.

Lifting the order, District Judge Bernard Begley said: "This is a very sad case. We are taking about a child who is deceased."

The judge sided with a request made by the press after representatives argued the Section 45 order had made it difficult to keep the public informed of what was happening in the case.

Denis Beytula, of Portland Close, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

The 27-year-old appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on October 31.

Det Chief Insp Dave Cole, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is a devastating time for the baby’s family. Specialist officers continue to offer them support and I know the community in Wallsend are by their side too.

“It is impossible to imagine what they are going through and I would ask the public to continue to respect the family’s privacy at this time.

“A man has been charged in relation to the incident and we will continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as the case moves forward.”

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