An 18-year-old man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend just weeks after she gave birth to their first child.1teenSophie Smith was found with ‘serious injuries’ at a house in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the early hours of Friday morning. The 17-year-old – who had welcomed her baby son into the world on September 6 – was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She leaves behind her five-week-old child, Harrison.

Sophie’s boyfriend, Morgan Banks, was arrested and quizzed by detectives following the incident at the property in Beeston. He has since been charged with the teenager’s murder.

Just weeks before her alleged murder, Sophie had spoken of the joy of giving birth to baby Harrison, saying she was happy with her ‘little boy’. And in a now-haunting social media message, posted earlier this year, she had written: “We both can’t wait, I love my little seed already.” She had added: “September cant come quick enough.”

Sophie’s school friend, Megaan Rhodes, said the teenager was ‘bubbly’ and one of the most popular girls you could ever meet. She said: “We were friends from school. She was bubbly and fun and she had everything going for her. And now it’s all been ripped apart.”