Updated: Prescot Man Charged over Violet Youens Death
[Update 31/03/17: Merseyside Police have charged McAteer with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and theft of a motor vehicle.
He appeared at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Adult Remand Court, Derby Square this morning. Like his suspected accomplice Dean Brennan, he entered no plea and did not request bail. He remains in custody until a second hearing on 26 April.
Update 30/03/17: Merseyside Police have confirmed that a 23-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody facing allegations of causing death by dangerous driving.]
A 23-year-old man is still on the run from police after being linked to the car crash that killed 4-year-old Violet Grace Youens last week.
Aidan McAteer was one of two men seen running away from the incident shortly after 3pm on Friday, 24 March, when Violet and her grandmother Angela French, 55, were mowed down by a stolen car on Prescot Road in St Helens.
Violet died on Saturday night in hospital. Her grandmother remains in serious but stable condition in hospital.
Aidan’s mother, Alicia McAteer, from Whiston, told how she was shocked to see her son’s photo on social media on Friday evening.
She phoned police the same day to confirm his identity.
“It’s not right what’s happened to this little girl, and I don’t condone it,” she said in an emotional interview with Merseyside Police. “I am his mum, but you’ve got to think of the mum of the little girl, haven’t you?”
Though she said she could not condone what he did, she said she loved him and would stand by him “every step of the way” as she made her plea to cameras for Aidan to return.
Of Violet’s family, she said through tears: “I’m sorry. What more can I say? I’m heart-broke for them.”
Aidan grew up in Whiston and attended St Edmund Arrowsmith’s Catholic High School. Police have released his photo in hopes that someone will come forward with information as to his whereabouts.
Another man, 27-year-old Dean Brennan, also of Prescot, has already been charged in connection with the incident. He is alleged to have helped Mr McAteer flee the country. He remains in custody.
Anyone with information on Aidan McAteer’s whereabouts is urged to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6041, call 101, or call the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Below: Alicia McAteer appeals for her son to return home.