Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gardai to quiz mum over baby bathroom death

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI investigating the discovery of an infant's body in the bathroom of a family home are hoping to interview the middle-aged mother about the circumstances of the tragedy.

A post-mortem examination was conducted on the infant, a new-born baby boy, at Cork University Hospital (CUH) yesterday by the Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster.

Gardai have declined to comment on the preliminary findings of the post-mortem for operational reasons.

The nature of the garda investigation will now be determined by the full post-mortem report, which will include toxicology tests and will not be available for some time.

Gardai stressed that the issue was being handled as sensitively as possible given the tragic circumstances for the family involved.

The body of the infant was discovered in the property in the Friar's Walk area of Cork shortly after 4pm last Monday.

It is understood a friend of the woman raised the alarm after becoming concerned for her. The mother was not alone in the house at the time.

Gardai were called to the property and the baby boy was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

It is believed that the woman gave birth to the child in the bathroom less than one hour before the emergency services were notified. She remains under medical supervision in CUH, where she has received neonatal care.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) remains on standby to provide counselling and other support services if required.

Gardai hope to be able to speak to the mother today, if her medical condition permits it, about the exact circumstances of the birth of the child.

Irish Independent

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