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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Father found critically injured metres from smothered baby dies

Ralph Riegel and Majella O'Sullivan

A FATHER found lying critically injured in a pool of blood just metres from his smothered 11 month old baby boy has died.

Andrzej Piolunowicz (32) died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) five days after being found in a Killarney, Co Kerry flat alongside his son, Karol Rozycki.

Mr Piolunowicz, a hotel worker, had sustained what Gardaí believe were self-inflicted injuries to his wrists, stomach and neck.

Such was the quantity of blood that he lost, he had sustained severe brain damage.

Mr Piolunowicz was initially treated in Kerry General Hospital before being transferred for specialist care in Cork University Hospital (CUH).

He never regained consciousness after being discovered by his partner and Karol’s mother, Anna Rozycki (24).

Anna Rozycka and her son Karol
Anna Rozycka and her son Karol

The young mother was horrified to discover her baby lifeless and Mr Piolunowicz lying in a pool of blood at their apartment at Park Place on Upper High Street, Killarney shortly after 6pm last Sunday, Mother’s Day.

Despite desperate efforts by paramedics to revive Karol, the toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mass for baby in the St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin
Mass for baby in the St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

His body was released to his mother on Wednesday and his remains were flown back to Poland where his Mass of the Angels will be staged on Saturday.

Karol will be buried in Bielsko-Biala, the home town of his mother, Anna, which is located a short distance outside the southern Polish city of Krakow.

A special memorial service for Karol was staged by the Irish and Polish communities in Killarney last Tuesday with a collection being taken up to help Anna defray the costs of Karol’s repatriation and his funeral expenses.

So far, Gardaí have refused to release the results of the postmortem examination by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster for operational reasons.

However, it is understood little Karol died from suffocation, most likely by having a pillow placed over his head.

Gardaí also recovered a number of notes and messages at the scene which are now being studied by forensic experts.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy.

It is believed Mr Piolunowicz may have been depressed and bothered by financial concerns.

It is also believed he was troubled over his relationship. Ms Rozycki paid a special ‘thank you’ to the people of Killarney shortly before she flew back to Poland with her son and accompanied by her mother, Tereasa.

The young woman was particularly grateful to the support offered by the hotel where she worked as a chef, Aghadoe Heights.

The garda investigation into the tragedy is expected to take some time.

Detectives have spoken to a number of residents of the Park Place apartment complex which is popular both with tourists and East European tourism industry workers.

Gardaí have renewed their appeal to anyone who was at the apartment complex between 1pm and 5.30pm on Sunday who have not already spoken to them to contact the investigating team at Killarney Garda station.

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