Tuesday 12 November 2019

Gardai hope to quiz GP mum in intensive care on daughter (11) death

Dr Bernadette Scully and her partner, Lithuanian composer Andrius Kozlovskis, who made the grim discovery
A garda van outside the house in Bachelor's Walk, Tullamore, Co Offaly, where the body of Emily Scully (11) was found on Saturday night
Flowers left outside the house.

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Tom Brady

GARDAI are waiting to interview a GP mum after her 11-year-old daughter was found dead at home in suspicious circumstances.

They believe the interview is crucial to discovering how the little girl died.

The body of Emily Scully was discovered at the home she shared with her mother Dr Bernadette Scully, by the GP's partner, a music composer.

He made the tragic discovery when he returned to the Tullamore, Co Offaly, bungalow he shared with Dr Scully and her daughter.

He is said to be distraught and was being comforted last night by family and friends.

Dr Scully (55) was discovered unconscious and is fighting for her life in intensive care.

Detectives must now await a toxicology report to help establish how the little girl died.

They think her mother has information which could explain what took place on Saturday night.

Detectives are not seeking to talk to anybody else at this stage of the investigation.

She was in a critical, but stable condition in Tullamore General Hospital last night, and may not be interviewed by officers for several days.

Emily is understood to have been receiving medication daily.

She suffered from severe disabilities and in recent weeks had been in extreme pain and distress following further surgery.

Her mother, according to local sources, had been agonising about the child's future and had taken a break from her doctor's practice to help look after Emily, who also had a full-time carer.

A post-mortem examination by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy yesterday proved inconclusive.

Gardai hope that toxicology tests will indicate how the girl died and until they have received the results, they are treating her death as suspicious.

The child, who was wheelchair bound, suffered from profound physical and mental disabilities since birth.

The mother and daughter were discovered unconscious at their home on the Clonminch Road in Tullamore, Co Offaly, at around 9pm on Saturday.

It's understood Dr Scully's partner, Lithuanian composer and choirmaster Andrius Kozlovskis, made the distress call after he made the grim find.

The mother and daughter were rushed to the nearby Tullamore General Hospital.

However, Emily was pronounced dead a short time later.

It's understood family members have visited Dr Scully in the intensive care unit.

Dr Scully's immediate family said they had "no comment" to make.


Dr Scully, who is originally from Ballyfore, near Edenderry, runs one of the busiest GP practices in the region.

Friends said the GP, who is separated from the child's father, was a "devoted mother" to Emily.

"She had taken time off work lately to be with Emily all the time, the child was very unwell," a friend of the family said.

"Emily's health had been very bad, she was being fed through a tube and Bernie was a wonderful mother to her."

It's believed Emily's father, Haluk Barut, had to identify his daughter's remains at the hospital yesterday.

Mr Barut, who ran an ethnic food restaurant the Anatoli, and Dr Scully are both very well-known and respected in Co Offaly.

Emily was born with severe physical and mental disabilities after she was deprived of oxygen at birth.

Dr Scully provided "round the clock" care for her daughter, according to her friends in Tullamore.

"She loved Emily so much. She was so good to her child -- she adored her and lavished her with love, affection and attention since the moment she was born.

"She would have cared for Emily until she was 100, she was absolutely devoted to her," said a source.

"The only word to describe Bernie Scully is an angel.

"There was nobody better to their child than her.

"We're absolutely devastated for her."

Relatives called to the home of Dr Scully's sister throughout the day yesterday as they comforted the family over the tragedy.

Nearby, members of the garda technical bureau sealed off the large, detached property belonging to Bernie Scully as they conducted a thorough examination.

Flowers and a soft toy were placed outside the front gate of the home where gardai had set up a cordon.

Irish Independent

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