Wednesday 25 April 2018

Newborn baby boy found dead with head injuries

Allison Bray and  Jason O'Brien

Gardai were last night treating the death of a newborn child in Dublin as suspicious after a post-mortem examination found he had head and body injuries. Further inquiries are to be carried out before a decision is made on whether to upgrade it to a murder investigation.

Neighbours in a quiet housing estate expressed shock last night over the tragic death of the young couple's baby.

The garda investigation centred on the circumstances of the death of the one-week-old baby boy who was rushed to hospital from his parents' home in north county Dublin shortly after midnight on Thursday.

The baby was pronounced dead a short time later. Gardai had conducted door-to-door inquiries in the housing estate early yesterday after sealing off the house for a forensic examination. One neighbour said he and other neighbours were shocked and saddened to hear of the baby's tragic death.

The baby's parents -- a young Irish couple in their 30s -- had just moved into the estate about two months ago and were not known in the area except to say hello, he said.

However, neighbours became concerned when they heard a commotion outside the house around midnight and saw ambulance and fire brigade arrive at the house: "The mother was out in front of the house crying. She was holding her face and looked distraught. I thought maybe they had a fight."

Irish Independent

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