Wednesday 19 September 2018

First pictures of tragic Zoe (3) who died after alleged assault at her home

Zoe and her mother Emer Cannon
Zoe and her mother Emer Cannon
This is tragic three year old Zoe Cannon who died just days after allegedly being assaulted in her home
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

This is tragic three-year-old Zoe Cannon who died just days after allegedly being assaulted in her own home.

Zoe was treated in the intensive care unit at Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin, following the incident in Aubrey Grove, Shankill, on Saturday afternoon.

This is tragic three year old Zoe Cannon who died just days after allegedly being assaulted in her home
This is tragic three year old Zoe Cannon who died just days after allegedly being assaulted in her home

But her life support was withdrawn on Tuesday and she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Zoe's mother Emer, who is in her 40s, appeared at a special sitting of Bray District Court on Sunday night charged with assault causing harm.

She was remanded in custody and was expected to appear in court again today.

Gardai believe that Ms Cannon assaulted Zoe in an upstairs bedroom, before notifying emergency services.

She had been detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Shankill Garda Station.

A source said that Ms Cannon had not come to attention of gardai before and there were no concerns about her daughter's well-being.

The quiet cul-de-sac where the alleged assault took place was packed with emergency personnel and investigating officers in the aftermath of the incident.

Neighbours of the family of four said they could still not make sense of what had happened.

"I don't think anyone heard any commotion coming from the house," said one local resident.

"I didn't know the family that well, but the mother would often say hello and wave.

"It's a very quiet neighbourhood and it's shocking to hear of something like this happening so close to home."

Ms Cannon is believed to have lived in the house for several years with her partner and two children.

Another neighbour described how she saw her being escorted into an unmarked car shortly after gardai arrived at the scene.

"I must have seen about 20 emergency vehicles and gardai on the road. I really didn't know what had happened," said the neighbour.

"After a while, I saw her walk slowly out of the house and into an unmarked car.

"Her head was down and she got into the vehicle before being driven off."

The neighbour said she then saw Ms Cannon's partner walk up to the house with his other child.

"The father wasn't in the house at the time - he was out with the little boy," she added.

"After the wife had gone, I saw him casually walk up to the house.

"This must have been before he realised what had happened."

The elderly neighbour described Ms Cannon as "quiet". "You would often see her walking up and down with the little girl," she added.

Herald

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