A university academic has appeared in court charged with attempted murder.
Married Kerry Fenton is charged with attempting to suffocate an six-year-old boy in July last year.
And while on police bail for that alleged offence, she is alleged to have tried to strangle the same victim on February 22 this year.
Fenton has a master’s degree and for the last eight years has headed the post graduate study unit at Lancaster University.
Before that she worked at the University of Central Lancashire.
The 43-year-old, from St Michael’s Road, Kirkham, was dressed all in black when she made a two minute appearance before magistrates in Blackpool.
The court remanded her in custody and she will next appear before Preston Crown Court on March 18 when her lawyer Brett Chappell said a bail application would be made.
The first charge relates to an alleged incident in Kirkham and the second an incident in the village of Warton.
Fenton is currently suspended from university duties.
The alleged victim cannot be named for legal reasons.