Friday 24 November 2017

Father arrested after his son chokes to death on baby wipes

Gardai (Stock image)
Gardai (Stock image)

Ken Foy

A father was arrested over the death of his six-month-old son, who was found with baby wipes lodged in his throat.

The man, aged in his late 30s, was arrested in the west of Ireland last week and questioned about endangering the child's life.

Gardaí obtained the advice of three different medical experts before deciding to make the arrest. He was later released without charge and the detailed probe into the baby's death will continue.

"This is a tragic and complicated case. There were two people there and one of them is dead," a senior source said.

"The baby was found with a wad of baby wipes and tissue down his throat.

"The opinion of three medical experts - two in Ireland and one in England - is that the baby could not have done this to himself."

The father had already provided gardaí with a statement before his arrest and it is understood that he denies any wrongdoing in the case.

He is still in a relationship with the mother of the child.

Suspicion in the case was first raised after a pathologist expressed concern after the initial post mortem in the case.

A file on the case is now being prepared for the DPP.

Irish Independent

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