Sunday 25 February 2018

Baby Karol's mother thanks public for support as family prepare to fly infant home for burial

Anna Rozycka and her son Karol
Anna Rozycka and her son Karol
A photo of smiling Baby Karol on the altar at St Mary's Cathedral. (Inset) Mother Anna Rozycka carries a photograph of her 11-month-old son to the altar
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THE remains of an 11-month-old baby found dead in an apartment in Killarney on Sunday are being flown home to Poland tomorrow morning for burial on Saturday.

Karol Rozycki's body will be accompanied on the flight by his heartbroken mother Anna and his grandmother Teresa, who flew to Ireland this week to comfort her daughter.

Karol's mum has thanked the people of Killarney and the public for their support.

In a statement expressing gratitude on behalf of Anna Rozycka and her family, a family friend thanked the staff and management at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney where the young mother works as a chef.

“Supported by her mother Tereasa, [Anna] will fly to Poland with the body of her 11-month old son tomorrow, where he will be buried in Ms Rozycka's home city of Bielsko-Biala,” it reads.

The statement on behalf of Ms Rozycki continued, thanking Gardaí, the Polish community in Kerry, Killarney Parish Priest Fr Kieran O'Brien and chaplain Fr Piotr Delimat.

South Kerry coroner, Terence Casey, officially released the body back to Ms Rozycka on Wednesday, following a post-mortem examination that was carried out at University Hospital Kerry in Tralee.

Meanwhile, a man in his 30s that was transferred from the apartment at Park Place off High Street, Killarney on Sunday to the Tralee hospital, has now been transferred to Cork University Hospital for further treatment.

It is understood the man, who had been in the apartment with the baby, suffered multiple knife wounds, believed to have been self-inflicted.

A bank account has now been set up at the Ulster Bank in Killarney to help Ms Rozycka with the repatriation costs.

However, a close friend, who Ms Rozycka has been staying with since Sunday, said they have been overwhelmed by the solidarity and support of the local community at a very difficult time.

Damian Mucha said the fee had already been waived for the cost of transporting baby Karol's remains to Dublin.

Burial will take place  on Saturday at Ms Rozycka's home near the city of Bielsko Biala in southern Poland.

The Ulster bank account number is 10855220, sort code 985886.

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