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Saturday 10 December 2016

Gardaí investigate suspicious death of 11-month-old boy

Anne Lucey, Robin Schiller and Laura Larkin

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

A garda enters the apartment complex where the baby was found. Photo: Domnick Walsh
A garda enters the apartment complex where the baby was found. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death of an 11-month-old baby boy at an apartment.

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It is understood the alarm was raised by the baby's mother about 6pm yesterday. When emergency services arrived at the scene, an apartment complex off High Street in Killarney, Co Kerry, they found the baby inside.

Despite paramedics' best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later by a local doctor.

A man, aged in his 30s and understood to be from Eastern Europe, was taken from the Park Place Apartments and brought to Kerry University Hospital in Tralee, where he was treated for physical injuries. He was said to be in a serious condition last night.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster was notified of the baby's death and travelled to Killarney last night to carry out a post mortem.

Gardaí said they were waiting to interview the injured man and a number of other people who were in the apartment building complex.

They said they were investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the baby's death.

The apartment is understood to be the home of a Polish family.

The apartment complex, which is located above a row of shops, is opposite Killarney Garda Station.

Local Independent councillor Donal Grady described the death of the baby as "very tragic" in what is a shocking first for the area.

"It's very tragic to see anything happen to a child of 11 months. I don't ever remember a tragedy like this in the town. The town is only really waking up to what has happened now and it's shocking," he said.

Fine Gael's Bobby O'Connell said the town would rally around the family of the baby.

"It's very, very sad the town is in shock, and the whole area is in shock also. It's very sad for the poor baby and the parents as well."

A garda spokesman said: "Gardaí are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the death of an 11-month-old baby boy at an apartment complex in Killarney, Co Kerry."

Irish Independent

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