Devastated family of drowned baby boy hold prayer service
Published 06/10/2011 | 05:00
THE devastated parents of a baby boy who drowned in the bath at the family home attended a private prayer service last night.
Anthony Williams-Daly slipped under the water in the bath at the family home in the Onslow Gardens neighbourhood outside Blackpool in Cork on Monday night when his mother Maryann left the room momentarily to get a towel.
The 11-month-old was being bathed with two of his siblings at the time and it is understood they were only left alone for seconds when the tragedy occurred.
Despite frantic efforts by paramedics to resuscitate him, Anthony was pronounced dead at Mercy University Hospital Cork on Monday night.
There were heartbreaking scenes at O'Connor's Funeral Home on Shandon Street in the city centre last night for the private prayer service attended by parents Maryann and Fred, members of their extended families and close friends.
The family has appealed for privacy.
They are being comforted by Mr Williams's mother Val and other relatives in Cork city since the tragedy happened.
Yesterday, neighbours spoke of their horror at young Anthony's death.
"They're absolutely shattered," said one neighbour. "They came back home briefly to collect some things after the guards had finished their investigation and left again.
"They're absolutely devastated and inconsolable."
The parish priest of Farranree Fr Sean O'Driscoll was last night preparing the funeral Mass for the baby.
"Prayers were said at Mass yesterday morning for Anthony and his family," Fr O'Driscoll said.
"Anthony's parents are in our thoughts."
Fr O'Driscoll said staff and teachers at Scoil Aiseiri Chriost in Farranree where members of the family attend school had been deeply upset by the accident.
"This is a tragedy that resonates with everyone but particularly those who have small children themselves of a similar age," he added.
A post-mortem was conducted on the infant's body on Tuesday and gardai in Cork, who are treating the incident as a tragic accident, are preparing a file for the Coroner's Court.
Baby Anthony is survived by his parents Maryann and Fred, brother James and sisters Bridget and Brittany.
He will be laid to rest, following Mass at the Church of the Resurrection in Farranree this morning at 10am.