Friday 28 July 2017

Flowers and tributes laid in memory of tragic seven-month old baby who died after being left in car on hottest day

A member of O'Dwyer Steel in Dundrum, County Tipperary staff lays flowers (Picture: Mark Condren)
A member of O'Dwyer Steel in Dundrum, County Tipperary staff lays flowers (Picture: Mark Condren)

Ian Begley

Flowers and tributes were laid at the site where a seven-month-old baby girl died after being left unattended in a car on the hottest day of the year.

The child, named locally as Chloe Fogarty, was found in an "unresponsive state" in her father’s car in the quiet town of Dundrum, Co Tipperary yesterday afternoon.

Gardai outside O'Dwyer Steel in Dundrum, County Tipperary (Picture: Mark Condren)
Gardai outside O'Dwyer Steel in Dundrum, County Tipperary (Picture: Mark Condren)

It is suspected she may have developed heatstroke as temperatures in the area reached 25C yesterday.

It is understood the girl's father, Paul Fogarty, went to work at the O'Dwyer steelworks at about 8am and had been due to drop his daughter off at créche.

It is suspected she may have developed heatstroke as temperatures in the area reached 25C yesterday.

The following afternoon, just over 24 hours since the tragedy occurred, around 40 staff members from the company gathered in the carpark outside the premises.

Staff of O'Dwyer Steel in Dundrum, County Tipperary who layed flowers in tribute to baby Chloe Fogarty (Picture: Mark Condren)
Staff of O'Dwyer Steel in Dundrum, County Tipperary who layed flowers in tribute to baby Chloe Fogarty (Picture: Mark Condren)

Bouquets of flowers were laid against a wall in the same parking space where the accident occurred.

A small panda teddy and a single red lit candle were also left on the scene by Fogarty's co-workers. 

A single message of condolence from the staff read: “Our thoughts are with you from staff at O’Dwyer’s Steel.”

A small presence of local gardai visited the premises during the morning and were seen in numbers around the town.

Members of the public also expressed their grief.

A local resident  said: It’s an awful thing to have happened and there’s a dark cloud hanging over the town today.

"There is only one word to describe what happened and that’s a tragedy.

"The worst thing anyone can do at a time lie this is to point fingers and blame certain people. That won’t help anyone.”

Baby Chloe will be reposing at the family home on Sunday evening from 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm.

Mass of the Angels will take place on Monday at 11.30 am in St. Nicholas' Church, Solohead followed by private burial.

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