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4 March 2010, 00:00
The partner of a woman who was stabbed to death in Hampshire has been remanded in custody charged with her murder.
Unemployed pub worker Anthony Marsh was also charged with murdering their 10 month old daughter.
The bodies of Stephanie Bellinger and baby Lili were found by a relative at their home in Totton last Saturday.
Anthony Marsh was arrested by a police officer in Fareham on Monday morning and charged on Thursday evening.
At Lymington Magistrates he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during the five-minute hearing. Flanked by security guards, Marsh did not enter a plea to the two counts, which he confirmed he understood, and there was no application for bail. Magistrates adjourned the case and remanded Marsh in custody until a preliminary appearance at Winchester Crown Court on March 9. Marsh, who had his right arm in a strap and was wearing a black T-shirt, was then led from the dock.
The following joint statement has been released by members of the family of Stephanie Bellinger:
"Stephanie was a fun-loving free spirit who was always happy and smiling. Stephanie was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt and mother.
Lili was a bouncing, happy little baby who was a delight to be with, a little chatterbox who brought joy to our lives.
There are no words to describe how we, as a family, are all feeling. We now have a huge hole in our lives which we have to try and come to terms with. We ask that, as a family, we all be given our privacy at this upsetting time."