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Gardaí launch investigation as four-month-old baby found alone in a Kerry cemetery

The child was found by a passerby in the early hours of Thursday morning


Gardaí have launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to a four-month-old baby being found alone in a pram in a Kerry cemetery in the early hours of the morning.

The baby girl was discovered alone in the pram in the early hours of Thursday morning in Rath Cemetery in Tralee when a passerby heard crying.

An Garda Síochána were called to the scene and a baby was found in a pram.

The baby may have been part of a large gathering which took place in the cemetery on Wednesday night.

It is believed the gathering remained at the cemetery until the early hours of Thursday and that the baby was found several hours later.

Gardaí took the baby girl to Kerry University Hospital for a check-up when she was discovered but luckily she was given the all clear.

The baby has since been returned to her mother but Gardaí have confirmed that investigations are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Cathal Foley said it was “absolutely shocking”.

"I had lots of people contacting me,” he said.

“I just could not get over it, could not comprehend it, how anyone could do that.

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"The child is fine as far as I know, I’ve been told the child is perfect, but at the same time it’s just absolutely shocking.”

Mr Foley added: “I live very close to the graveyard myself, that particular graveyard, it’s the main graveyard in Tralee town. It’s absolutely shocking.”

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