Natalie Steele appeared in court Wednesday for allegedly murdering her 2-year-old son at their upscale home. The 31-year-old mother threw her hands over her head in shame during her court appearance at Cardiff Crown Court in Cardiff, Wales. She is accused of killing her son, Reid Steele, at their home in Bridgend, South Wales on Wednesday, August 11.
According to reports, Reid’s mother hid her face for most of the five-minute court appearance. She spoke only to confirm her name and to tell the judge that she could hear the court officials. She called in via video from Her Majesty’s Prison in Eastwood Park wearing a grey tracksuit and carrying a water bottle, reports claimed.
Bail was not set during the court hearing. Natalie Steele will be held pending her next court hearing on November 26. Judge Michael Fitton told the woman that until the next scheduled court date, “you are remanded in custody.” The judge concluded his remarks by thanking the mother for her “attendance.” The trial date has not yet been set.
Reports noticed that the 31-year-old mother spent most of the hearing with her head placed face-down on the table in front of her. She kept her arms wrapped around her head throughout her court appearance. Natalie Steele is charged with murder after her son died of severe injuries sustained at their half a million-dollar home in Bridgend.
Reid Steele was discovered severely injured at his south Wales home on August 11 and was rushed to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, reports claimed. He was pronounced dead at the hospital the next day.
The 2-year-old boy “was a super, super-happy, gorgeous, wonderful, and intelligent little boy who lit up everyone’s lives,” according to his father. “He loved the garden and the beach, picking raspberries, and going for walks collecting shells. He was a very chatty little boy and would happily speak to anyone.”
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Davies, the senior investigating officer on the case, said that “this is a harrowing case for all concerned and my thoughts go out to Reid’s family who continue to be supported by specially-trained officers.”
He continued, saying that “legal proceedings are now live, and whilst I appreciate there are concerns in the community, I would urge people to refrain from speculating on social media. Our investigation continues, and anybody who thinks they may have relevant information is urged to make contact.”
Davies concluded his statement, saying that “the family respectfully [asked] to be left to grieve at this very difficult time.” Anyone with information that can help detectives during their continued investigation is asked to contact South Wales Police.
In a statement made on Aug. 13, Davies said that “we are dealing with a very sad and tragic incident. The family continues to be supported by dedicated family liaison officers and once again, I would appeal for members of the public to refrain from speculating on social media at what is a very difficult time for all concerned. My thoughts remain with the family.”
Davis also assured the local community that while he understood “this incident will have caused concerns,” he stressed that “we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this matter at this time.”