Tuesday 27 September 2016

Tragic baby Alannah's mum may have 'panicked'

Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30

Baby Alannah was found by staff at the Greenstar recycling plant, in Bray, Co Wicklow on May 4. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Baby Alannah was found by staff at the Greenstar recycling plant, in Bray, Co Wicklow on May 4. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gardaí are exploring if the mystery mother of a newborn baby whose body was discovered at a recycling centre may have panicked when the baby died of natural causes.

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An autopsy on the newborn baby girl, named "Alannah" by gardaí, was inconclusive.

The child's lifeless body was found by staff at the Greenstar recycling plant, in Bray, Co Wicklow on May 4. "There were no visible signs of deliberate trauma or injury," Supt Pat Ward of the Bray Garda Station, who is leading the investigation, told the Irish Independent.

One theory that gardaí are following is that the baby - who was several weeks old at the time of death - may have died of natural causes, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, he said.

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But instead of alerting authorities, the mother or father or both may have felt they contributed to the infant's death in some way and panicked and attempted to dispose of her body.

"It's certainly a possibility that she (the mother) panicked," he said. "There are many possibilities that we are looking at but this is certainly one of them."

He made the comments as gardaí renewed their appeal for information on the tragedy that shocked the country and left staff at the recycling plant severely traumatised.

Three months on, gardaí are still trying to establish what happened to Alannah and to trace her parents.

Anxious

They renewed their appeal yesterday for the mother, or anyone with information, to contact them at Bray Garda Station on 01-6665300.

"Three months have passed since the discovery of baby Alannah," Supt Pat Ward said.

"I am concerned for the welfare of baby Alannah's mum. She is most likely in an anxious state of mind and in need of medical assistance. I appeal to mum to immediately seek medical treatment. Myself or Sergeant Sorcha Fitzpatrick are available at Bray Garda Station to provide assistance to mum and dad. We will handle any contact discreetly and sensitively."

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A similar appeal was made following the discovery and after Alannah was buried at a special ceremony at Redford cemetery in Greystones, Co Wicklow on May 13. But since then, the trail was gone cold and no one directly connected to the baby or her parents have ever come forward, Supt Ward said.

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