A mother whose newborn son was stabbed to death by his father following a family row at home has spoken for the first time, claiming she was ‘lucky’ to be alive.
Denis Beytula attacked three-week-old Andrei Stefan and his mother Andreea at a house in Wallsend, North Tyneside, on October 2.
The 27-year-old had grabbed a knife following an argument with the baby’s mother, Andreea Stefan, 21, and began stabbing her and the infant.
She was able to call emergency services seconds later and the father was arrested at the scene.
The two victims were transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary – where Ms Stefan recovered and infant Andrei died days later on October 6.
Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court, Beytula showed little emotion as he admitted murdering baby Andrei and attempting to murder Ms Stefan.
Denis Beytula (left) attacked three-week-old Andrei Stefan and his mother Andreea (right) at a house in Wallsend, North Tyneside, on October 2
Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court, Beytula showed little emotion as he admitted murdering baby Andrei and attempting to murder Ms Stefan (shown right)
Ms Stefan posted a message Facebook message in the moments before the attack saying: ‘I asked God to send me a man who will always love me. So, he gave me a son’
After the hearing, she thanked all those who had left tributes and messages of support, with a heartfelt post on Facebook.
She wrote: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank to everyone who came to leave flowers and toys and paid respect to my son, in front of my house, I really appreciate it and thanks to everyone for the messages, it’s really nice to see how you guys support me and my family during this hard time. May God give to everyone what they deserve. Thanks to all of you again.’
When a friend commented ‘God has been and is with you’, Andreea replied: ‘That’s right! I was so lucky.’
Another follower added ‘Beautiful as ever. Hope ur feeling better’, to which Andreea responded: ‘Thanks Kelly, And yes, I am feeling better, I hope u are ok xx.’
Emergency services were called to the property at around 2.15pm, where they found both Ms Stefan and baby Andrei with critical injuries.
Emergency services were called to the property at around 2.15pm, where they found both Ms Stefan and baby Andrei with critical injuries
Forensic teams were pictured outside the property on October 2 after the incident took place
Ms Stefan posted a Facebook message in the moments before the attack, saying: ‘I asked God to send me a man who will always love me. So, he gave me a son.’
As the mother’s condition improved in hospital her son’s worsened, and he was eventually declared dead.
Concluding the hearing, Judge Penny Moorland told bearded Beytula: ‘You will be sentenced for the offences which you have admitted on the 19th of December. You remain in custody until that date.
‘That concludes this hearing, and you may go down.’
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cole said that it was ‘impossible to imagine’ what the baby’s family had gone through in the aftermath of the incident.
Police were called to the property in Wallsend, near Newcastle, at around 2.15pm on October 2 (Pictured: Police at the scene)