Sunday 23 October 2016

Abandoned baby 'Alannah' found at recycling plant to be buried as search for mother continues

Cathal McMahon

Published 12/05/2016 | 13:38

Redford Cemetery and inset baby Alannah's coffin being removed from Greenstar facility
Redford Cemetery and inset baby Alannah's coffin being removed from Greenstar facility
Members of the Garda Technical Bureau examining the pile of recycling where the remains were found

A baby girl whose remains were discovered at a recycling plant will be buried tomorrow at a special ceremony.

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The infant, named Alannah by officers, was discovered at the Greenstar recycling plant, near Fassaroe in Bray, Co Wicklow, at around 11am last Wednesday, May 4.

Gardaí have made a series of appeals for the child’s mother to come forward but Superintendent Pat Ward said neither parent has to contacted them at Bray garda station. has learned that Baby Alannah will be buried at a special ceremony in Redford cemetery, Greystones at midday tomorrow. Fr Enda Lloyd, from the Holy Redeemer church in Bray, is due to preside over the event.

Her headstone will be paid for by recycling company Greenstar.

Supt Ward said: “We waited for as long as we could to come for the mother to come forward.

“But the decision was made to bury her on Friday. There will be a small ceremony - the coroner will be making arrangements for this.”

Supt Ward said: “We are making this public so the mother knows where her daughter is buried and she knows that she can visit her here.”

He again called for the baby's mother to seek help. "She may not need physical help but she will certainly require psychological treatment."

He said that the gardaí connected with the case had themselves been deeply affected by the circumstances of the finding of the baby and many will attend the event.

Supt Ward said that while the members of staff at Greenstar, as well as members of An Garda Siochana, were distressed by what had happened, they were all receiving the necessary supports in the wake of the tragedy and recovering from the traumatic experience.

While one person working at sorting recyclable waste at Greenstar made the initial discovery, a team of workers were present when he raised the alarm.

He had initially mistaken the child for a doll.

“There is still no indication where the baby may have come from,” said Supt Ward. “That facility takes in waste from all over the south and south-east of the country. Any appeal we are making is being made countrywide.”

He appealed to the mother or anyone connected to her who is aware of her identity to contact either the gardaí in Bray on (01) 6665300, the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

“They may not necessarily wish to come to ourselves,” he added.

A helpline for the child and family agency has been set up and can be reached on (076) 6958400.

The post mortem revealed that the child was not deliberately killed and that she was born some weeks earlier than was originally thought.

“There is nothing to suggest deliberate injuries were caused to the baby,' said Supt Ward in a statement.

“It is confirmed that the baby is female and caucasian.

“I am available here at Bray Garda Station to help the mum and dad of this baby girl and if they would contact me or Sergeant Sorcha Fitzpatrick here at Bray Garda Station we will deal with any contact with us discreetly and sensitively,” he said.

He also appealed for anyone connected to the mum and dad, like any friends or family members who may have information, however small, to get in touch.

The body is removed from the scene in a small, white coffin
The body is removed from the scene in a small, white coffin

An incident room has been established at Bray Garda Station and Gardaí are liaising with the Health Service Executive.

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