Newborn baby girl suffers horror injuries in 'assault'
A MAN has been arrested after a six-week-old baby girl was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries caused by a suspected assault.
It is understood the baby was taken to hospital after the shocking incident in the Galway city area on Monday. The baby girl, understood to be just six weeks old, was initially brought to the main hospital in the city - University Hospital Galway (UHG).
After receiving initial treatment at UHG, it was decided that the child required further care at a different hospital.
Because of the extremely serious nature of her injuries, the baby was later transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin. She was rushed to the Dublin hospital, which specialises in the care of children, in an ambulance which was given a garda escort along the M6 motorway. The exact nature of the child's injuries are unknown but are believed to be very serious head injuries.
A man aged in his early 30s was subsequently arrested by gardaí in Galway. He was questioned about the alleged assault before being released without charge.
It is understood that the man is known to the injured child.
The investigation is being led by gardaí at Mill Street Garda Station in Galway city.
Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and gardaí are attempting to establish exactly what happened to the victim before the alleged assault was brought to their attention.
"This is a very serious and sensitive case. The child was badly hurt," a source said.
"There were very distressing scenes at those hospitals this week. There was a notable garda presence after the child was brought there," the source added.
Gardaí have contacted the Health Service Executive (HSE) about the alleged assault and it is understood that the agency are working with the child's family.
Last night, the HSE refused to comment on the case.