56-year-old Bernadette Scully was today arrested and charged with the murder of her daughter, Emily Barut, who died in September 2012.

The wheelchair-bound 11-year-old, who suffered from physical and mental disabilities, was found in her home in Bachelor's Walk, Tullamore two years ago while her mother was found unconscious nearby.

The accused appeared before Tullamore District Court this morning and has been remanded in custody to the Dochas Centre before being due to appear in court again this Wednesday.

The court heard that the woman made no comment when arrested at her home this morning and her solicitor requested that a medical assessment be carried out while in custody,