Wednesday 13 December 2017

DNA testing could solve mystery of Kerry Babies

Joanne Hayes
Joanne Hayes
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Pressure is mounting to sanction DNA testing to help solve the 30-year-old Kerry Babies mystery.

Former gardaí involved in the probe have for years called for DNA tests to try to trace the parents of newborn infant 'Baby John', who was discovered on White Strand in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, on April 14, 1984.

Pat Mann, solicitor for Joanne Hayes, pictured, who was wrongly believed to be the baby's mother, said they would welcome any forensic testing.

The Kerry solicitor also appealed for anyone with information about Baby John to come forward.

In a bizarre twist, the infant's grave has been repeatedly attacked over the past 20 years. The grave bears the inscription: "I am the Kerry Baby baptised 14-04-1984, named John, and I forgive."

Baby John was found stabbed and with a fractured spine.

Ms Hayes had given birth to a different baby in Abbeydorney.

Her baby died shortly after birth and was wrapped in a plastic sheet before being buried near her family farm.

Ms Hayes was initially charged by gardaí in relation to the Cahersiveen discovery but the count was thrown out by a District Court judge.

Blood tests found Ms Hayes was not the mother of the Cahersiveen baby.

The controversies surrounding the garda investigation led to the Kerry Babies tribunal.

"I believe that the one thing which could help resolve this matter is that if someone with information on Baby John came forward," Mr Mann added.

Irish Independent

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