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Four home-alone children taken into care by HSE

FOUR children who were left home alone by their mother have been taken into care by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The three young girls, aged 12, six and four, and their five-month-old brother were in their home on their own when gardai in Navan arrived at the house after being alerted to the problem.

Their mother is believed to have travelled to England and is due home tomorrow.

However, an older sibling is believed to have been left in charge but there was no adult present when gardai arrived at the house. The children appeared to have been otherwise well cared for and the house was also well kept.

The gardai were alerted by a concerned member of the public.

Under the provisions of the Child Care Act, they seized the children and handed them into the care of the HSE.

The incident took place on Tuesday, around 28 hours after their mother left and it is understood the HSE secured an interim care order for the children in the district court on Tuesday afternoon.

They are now in the care of the HSE until next Wednesday.

The whereabouts of the father of the children is not known.

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