A YOUNG mum accused of allowing her partner to murder their newborn baby has appeared in court for the first time.

Tiffany Tate, 21, looked confused and squinted around the court as the clerk read the charge.

She is accused of allowing the death of eight-week-old Holly Roe at hands of her partner Michael Roe by failing to takes steps which could have protected the infant from her father between July 14 and September 11 last year.

A post mortem examination found Holly died following a head injury.

Mr Roe appeared in Crown Court last week charged with the murder of baby Holly at the family home in Crowborough.

The 32-year-old, who is unemployed, is charged with the murder of a child under one year old; wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent; and causing or allowing the death of a child.

He was remanded in custody and the next hearing will be a pre-trial preparatory hearing on September 26, at Lewes Crown Court

Paramedics were called to Roe's house in Alderbrook Close, in the early hours of September 10, 2018, where baby Holly was reported to be having breathing difficulties.

She was taken to Pembury Hospital, where she was tragically pronounced dead.

A post mortem showed that the cause of death was a traumatic head injury.

Wearing a pink sleeveless shirt, pink hoodie and black jeggings, Miss Tate was told by magistrates in Brighton she was bailed to appear at Lewes Crown Court on the same day as Mr Roe for a plea and preparation hearing at the end of the month.