Friday 20 April 2018

Boy (8) died from asphyxia, court told

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A YOUNG boy discovered dead in the bedroom of his family home on the day he was to return to school died from having his neck compressed.

A Cork coroner's inquest heard that Anthony Ward (8), who shared the Charleville bungalow with his mother, Diane, died from asphyxia due to neck compression.

Diane Ward (43) is charged with the murder of her son at Harrison Place, Charleville, on September 3.

Ms Ward's trial is not expected to begin until late next year.

Anthony was found in his bedroom when his mother contacted relatives for help early that morning.

Coroner Dr Michael Kennedy heard evidence at Mallow courthouse from assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster, who had conducted the post-mortem.

Dr Bolster ruled that he died from asphyxia due to neck compression which blocked his air passages.

Dr Kennedy adjourned the inquest for further mention when the criminal proceedings are concluded.

Irish Independent

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