Sunday 25 August 2019

Father and mother charged over head injuries to girl (9)

  

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A married couple have been remanded in custody on child cruelty charges after their nine-year-old daughter was found with serious injuries at her home.

The girl was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin, on July 2 last and is still being treated.

Yesterday the couple, who are in their 30s, appeared before Judge Bernadette Owens at Dublin District Court.

Judge Owens ordered the defendants could not be identified publicly.

The woman faces two counts under Section 246 of the Children's Act.

One charge is for failing to seek medical assistance for the girl for suffering a head injury.

Suffering

The second alleges treatment of the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to her health or to seriously affect her well-being.

Defence counsel James Egan told the court there was no application for bail and there was consent to her being remanded in custody to appear again on August 14 next.

The man faces a single charge, also under Section 246 of the Children Act, for treatment of the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to her health or seriously affect her well-being.

Detective Sergeant McDonnell asked for a remand in custody and counsel, Mr Egan, confirmed the man was not applying for bail.

They will appear again on August 14.

Irish Independent

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