A woman has been charged with the murder of eight-year-old Anthony Ward at Limerick District Court.

43-year-old Diane Ward, of Harrison Place in Charleville, Co Cork, was charged with her son's murder and has been remanded in custody.

The court heard that Ms Ward, of 33 Harrison Place, Charleville, was arrested at Cork University Hospital and taken to Mallow Garda Station where she was charged this afternoon.

The charging officer Detective Sergeant Michael Corbett told the court that Ms Ward made no reply to the charge.

Her solicitor Paul Cagney applied for free legal aid, which was granted by Judge Eugene O’Kelly who also said that due to the nature of the charge the issue of bail did not arise in the district court.

Superintendent Pat McCarthy asked she be remanded to the Dóchas centre where she would have access to Central Mental Hospital services.

Judge O'Kelly then remanded her to the centre and ordered that a psychiatric report on the accused by made available to the court and that she receive any treatment that she may need while on remand.

She is to be brought before the District Court again on the 11 September in Newcastle West, Co Limerick.

Anthony's body was discovered on Monday morning at his home in Charleville.

His removal from Hawe's Funeral Home in Charleville to Holy Cross Church took place tonight.

A Mass of the Angels will take place tomorrow at 2.30pm. He is to be buried afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery.