Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Our main focus is the mum' - investigation after body of baby girl discovered at recycling centre

Robin Schiller and Allison Bray

Published 04/05/2016 | 14:25

Garda forensics examine the site at the Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where 'remains' were found. Photo: Tony Gavin
Garda forensics examine the site at the Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where 'remains' were found. Photo: Tony Gavin
Garda forensics examine the site at the Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where 'remains' were found. Photo: Tony Gavin
Garda forensics examine the site at the Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where 'remains' were found. Photo: Tony Gavin
The Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where what is believed to be a baby's body has been found. Photo: Tony Gavin
The Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where what is believed to be a baby's body has been found. Photo: Tony Gavin
Forensic officers at the Greenstar recycling facility in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, where suspected remains of a newborn baby have been discovered. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Forensic officers at the Greenstar recycling facility in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, where suspected remains of a newborn baby have been discovered. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Forensic officers at the Greenstar recycling facility in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, where suspected remains of a newborn baby have been discovered. Niall Carson/PA Wire
A general view of the Greenstar recycling facility in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, where suspected remains of a newborn baby have been discovered. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Forensic officers at the Greenstar recycling facility in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, where suspected remains of a newborn baby have been discovered. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of what is believed to be the body of a newborn baby girl.

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The discovery was made at a recycling facility in Bray, Co. Wicklow this morning.

The Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where what is believed to be a baby's body has been found. Photo: Tony Gavin
The Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where what is believed to be a baby's body has been found. Photo: Tony Gavin

At a press conference this evening, gardai have said their main focus is the welfare of the mother.

Supt Pat Ward from the Bray garda station, said gardai believe the baby may have been stillborn when her nude body was found by staff at the recycling plant at 11am. The baby was born full term but gardai could not say how long she had lived, if at all, after birth. Whether she was stillborn or not will be determined by the post mortem, he said.

Garda forensics examine the site at the Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where 'remains' were found. Photo: Tony Gavin
Garda forensics examine the site at the Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where 'remains' were found. Photo: Tony Gavin

State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out a preliminary examination at the scene ahead of a post mortem that will be completed Thursday afternoon at St Columcilles hospital.

In the meantime, Supt Ward said the first priority is the health and well-being of the mother.

"Our main focus this evening is on the Mum of the baby girl," he told reporters at a press briefing in Bray Wednesday night.

"We're very, very concerned for the health and wellbeing of Mum."

The Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where what is believed to be a baby's body has been found. Photo: Tony Gavin
The Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where what is believed to be a baby's body has been found. Photo: Tony Gavin

"It's quite possible the baby was stillborn. If in those circumstances that the baby was stillborn then we are very concerned for the health of Mum. In any event, if the child wasn't stillborn - and we don't know for certain yet whether the baby was stillborn or not - Mum will need medical attention, " he said,

"It is in that respect that we are making a heart-felt appeal for Mum to contact us."

Garda forensics examine the site at the Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where 'remains' were found. Photo: Tony Gavin
Garda forensics examine the site at the Greenstar recycling facility in Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow where 'remains' were found. Photo: Tony Gavin

He urged the mother to contact himself or Sgt Sorcha Fitzpatrick at the Bray garda station or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or anygarda station.

"Mum can be assured that if she contacts us, we will be as caring as we possibly can be to her and will provide as much support  as possible," he said.

Gardai are also liasing with the Health Service Executive (HSE) if the mother seeks medical attention.

Meanwhile he said the grim discovery has been very upsetting for the staff at Greenstar and he praised them for their cooperation. Searches will continue at the facility on Thursday along with a garda forensic examination  of the site.

The recycling plant is located at the Fassaroe industrial park, to the north of Bray, Co Wicklow.

Greenstar, who operates the recycling facility, have said they are supporting gardai in their inquiries but will not be making any further statement.

If you need to talk to someone, contact the Samaritans on 116 123

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