THE family of an 11-year-old girl who died in tragic circumstances in Co Offaly over the weekend said their final goodbyes in a private ceremony yesterday.
Emily Barut, who was found dead at her Tullamore home on Saturday, was cremated following a small service in the town.
Her mother, local GP Bernadette Scully -- who was discovered unconscious in the house after her daughter's body had been found -- was in hospital and unable to attend.
She had been undergoing treatment at the Midlands General Hospital in Tullamore but her condition has stabilised and she was transferred to another hospital yesterday .
Gardai are awaiting the go-ahead from medical staff before interviewing Dr Scully, who they believe has crucial information that could help establish how Emily died. At the moment, the child's death is being treated as suspicious.
Officers hope that the interview with her mother, combined with the results of toxicology tests on the girl's body, will explain the mystery.
The girl's father, Haluk Barut, attended the funeral but the family declined to comment on the details of the service.
They have requested time to grieve in peace, saying simply: "She was cremated at a private funeral service.
"The family would especially like to thank the people of Tullamore and the surrounding areas for their kind thoughts, wishes and understanding.
"We would appeal to the media to respect our privacy at this time due to the sensitive nature of the situation."
Emily's father had not been seen since the tragedy and is understood to have taken time off from his job in a restaurant in nearby Edenderry, Co Offaly.
He is well known in Tullamore, where he previously ran the Anatolia restaurant. It is now under different ownership.
Emily, who was severely disabled, had undergone surgery in recent times and had been in great pain and distress. Her mother had taken time off work to care for her.