Tuesday 20 February 2018

Gardai 'to treat baby's death sensitively'

Brian McDonald and Tom Shiel

GARDAI say they will deal with the discovery of the body of a newborn baby at a house yesterday as sensitively as possible.

The results of a post-mortem examination by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy, on the body of the infant boy found at a house near Westport, Co Mayo, were made available to the garda investigation team yesterday afternoon.

Superintendent Mick Murray of Westport said he had been provided with details of the findings by Dr Cassidy but was not prepared to divulge them.

"I intend to deal with this matter in the most sensitive manner possible," Supt Murray said.

The child's mother was admitted to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar at about 5am yesterday and gardai later visited the house, about five miles from Westport, where the remains were found.

It is understood the woman shares the house with her husband and the couple's other children.

The home was sealed off yesterday morning and a garda forensic team carried out an examination.

Supt Murray said the investigation was at an early stage and was ongoing.

The baby's mother was still being given medical attention at the hospital last night.

Local people in the area were shocked at the family tragedy. Many had been unaware of the infant's death and did not wish to comment.

Irish Independent

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