A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after a mum and her three-week-old son were stabbed at home.
The 21-year-old woman and baby boy were rushed to hospital after cops found them badly injured at the house in Wallsend, North Tyneside.
Denis Erdinch Beytula, 27, was this morning charged with two counts of attempted murder.
He will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today.
The woman today remains in a serious condition, while her baby boy remains critical.
Shocked witnesses revealed how they saw the baby being carried out of the home on a bloodied stretcher yesterday.
Lesley Ann Battensby, 23, who lives opposite, said: “I saw the mum get brought out first on the bed. She was on oxygen surrounded by paramedics.
“Then I saw the baby being carried by the paramedics. He was on oxygen. The road was covered in ambulances. It’s left us proper shaken.
“I think the baby was only a month old.”
Mum-of-one Hannah Tiplady, 18, who also lives nearby, added: “The baby is only about a month old.
“I saw the lady on the stretcher. I saw there was blood on the stretcher.
“Then I saw the baby, with the paramedics. It was horrible.
“He had oxygen and they were carrying him.
“It’s scary to be so close…it’s shocking.”
Investigating police said they were not looking for anyone else.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cole, of Northumbria Police, said: “This has been a very difficult investigation and I know the wider community are in shock.
“A mother and her child have been seriously injured but I know the community in Wallsend will rally around them at what is a devastating time for the family.
“Thankfully the condition of the mother has improved over night and, although she is still in a serious condition, she is awake and talking in hospital.
“Her son remains in a critical condition and I know that doctors have been doing everything they can to save his life.
“Our investigation will continue today but I hope the fact that a man has been charged this morning will offer some reassurance to the public.
“I want to reiterate that this does not appear to be a random attack and that those involved are all known to each other – there is no wider risk to the public.”
He added it had been “very traumatic” for the officers and paramedics who gave the baby a “fighting change” as they rushed to help.
He said: “We are doing everything we can to offer them any support they need and I want to thank them for their quick response in very difficult circumstances.
“Patrols will continue in the Wallsend area today and anyone who has any concerns is encouraged to speak to our officers.”
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Portland Close is made up of four blocks of flats containing six apartments each, with two car parks to the rear.
One of the car parks has also been cordoned off, along with the door to the block of flats in which the mother and child were assaulted.
Anyone who witnessed anything in the area of Portland Close that may assist police should call officers on 101 quoting log 539 02/10/19.