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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mum's screams as she found 11-month-old baby 'smothered to death'

Anna Rozycka and her son Karol
Anna Rozycka and her son Karol
A member of the Garda Technical Bureau at the Park Place apartment complex in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo: Eamonn Keogh
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

The uncle of the 11-month-old boy whom gardaí believe may have been smothered to death, has said the tragedy is "beyond belief" for the whole family.

Speaking from his home in Poland, Leszek Rozycki, brother of Anna Rozycka and uncle to her baby son Karol, asked everyone to pray for the infant.

"It is a tragedy beyond belief for our whole family.

"We are shocked and devastated. Such a tragedy rips a hole in the heart which once lived Karol."

"We entrust the life of Karol to God [and] fervently pray for his soul and ask everyone to pray," he added.

Gardaí believe the baby, who died in suspicious circumstances in Killarney, Co Kerry, may have been smothered to death.

A post-mortem was carried out on the infant yesterday.

Gardaí are keen to speak with a man, believed to be the boy's father, who was taken from the scene with serious injuries.

Officers believe he suffered knife wounds, but his injuries are not said to be life-threatening.

They intend to speak to him as soon as possible.

Their investigation now hinges on a five-hour window between lunchtime and dinner­time on Sunday as they look to piece together the final moments of the infant's life.

The boy and his father were discovered by his mother at 6pm on Sunday after she returned from work at a hotel on the outskirts of the town.

Neighbours Murt O'Shea and Holly Bobrowski reported hearing screams from the apartment before gardaí and the emergency services arrived.

"I heard somebody yelling and then the Garda pulled up," said Ms Bobrowski.

"I said to him, 'I think something happened, I can hear a woman screaming.'

"It's very sad," she added.

"You never hear of this kind of thing here," said Mr O'Shea.

Paramedics worked to resuscitate the boy but he was pronounced dead at the scene by a local doctor.

The man was rushed to Kerry University Hospital, Tralee, with serious injuries, but his condition has since stabilised.

Superintendent Flor Murphy said gardaí would leave no stone unturned as they look to establish what happened in the apartment on Sunday.

"Like with any other investigation, we will be utilising all of our resources and avenues of inquiry and people with relevant skills and languages to progress the investigation."

At least one interpreter attended the scene on Sunday before Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster arrived.

Irish Independent

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