A policewoman in Britain has been charged with helping her son who is accused of murdering a teenage model.

Amy Leigh Barnes, 19, died of knife wounds in a Bolton, U.K., hospital last year.

Now, Melda Wilks, 49, has been suspended from West Midlands Police and has appeared at Bolton Magistrates' Court, accused of allowing forensic evidence in the case to be destroyed.

Her son, 21-year-old Ricardo Morrison, was arrested by police and charged with murdering Amy — his former girlfriend — in November. He remains in custody.

Police had been called to a house in Moss Street, Farnworth, on Nov. 8, 2008, following reports a woman had been stabbed.

Morrison, formerly of Birmingham, appeared before Bolton Magistrates' Court four days later.

A number of high-profile soccer players and actors paid tribute to the aspiring model following her death.

Barnes had modeled for Cosmopolitan and Nuts magazines and had appeared in Channel 4 teen soap "Hollyoaks."

"A 49-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the murder of Amy Leigh Barnes in Bolton in November 2008," a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said. "Melda Wilks, of Rubery, Birmingham, was charged with assisting an offender."

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