Tuesday 24 April 2018

Baby left in plastic bag was just day old

Garda preserve the scene on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole,Co Dublin after a baby girl was discovered by a member of the public
Garda preserve the scene on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole,Co Dublin after a baby girl was discovered by a member of the public
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

The baby found by a roadside on Friday was abandoned only 24 to 36 hours after being born, gardai confirmed yesterday.

Gardai renewed their appeal for public assistance in discovering the whereabouts of the baby girl's mother who they believe may be in a distressed state. The baby is said to be doing well in hospital.

No detail was issued over the possible nationality or other comparing features which might help in a public appeal for the identification of the mother.

The Sunday Independent has learned that the baby was "concealed" in a plastic covering and that gardai believe the apparent intention was not that the baby should be easily found.

A man who happened to be walking along the stretch of road at Steelstown Road near Rathcoole, Co Dublin, around 3.30pm on Friday noticed the plastic sheeting and then heard a noise which led him to discover the baby, according to sources.

Despite initial fears for the health of the baby, gardai confirmed she was "well fed and nourished", is in a stable condition and is being well cared for by hospital staff.

In a statement yesterday, gardai said: "Based on medical opinion, the baby girl may have been born 24-36 hours prior to her discovery. She was fed and nourished. The baby remains in a stable condition under the care of hospital staff. Investigations are on-going and An Garda Siochana continue to liaise closely with the Health Service Executive in relation to this matter."

The man who found the baby asked that his identity be kept secret. He was quoted in the Star newspaper yesterday as saying: "I know I saved this girl's life, but all I want now is for the mother to come forward. I'm still in shock at what happened. But it is important the mother comes forward and gets whatever helps she needs."

The newborn girl was initially treated at the scene by medics and taken to Tallaght Hospital and later on to the Coombe Hospital.

The road where the baby was found, just off the busy N7 dual-carriageway, is beside a derelict farmhouse and the Blackchurch Inn, which has been closed for some time.

The road stretches for a few hundred metres and leads on to fields and farmland on both sides of the road, with trees partially cloaking the lane from the main road.

Heavy rain was falling at the time the baby was discovered and the road is rarely used by pedestrians. Local TD Derek Keating said: "It is very sad in the year 2015 that people find themselves in a situation where they can't express their feelings. I would appeal for this poor lady to come forward so in a very non-judgmental and supportive way we can help her through this trauma," he added.

Gardai urged anyone who may have spotted a woman in a distressed state in the area to contact officers at Clondalkin Station on 01 666 7600 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

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