Wednesday 17 October 2018

Gardai investigating circumstances surrounding death of baby

It is understood the incident is being treated as a tragedy

The officer was taken to University College Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening lacerations
The officer was taken to University College Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening lacerations

Ralph Riegel, Sean Nolan and Ian Begley

Gardaí are treating death of a new born baby whose body was found in the boot of a parked car in Offaly as "a tragedy".

It is understood the infant was delivered in the vehicle near Birr on March 29.

The baby was stillborn.

A source told Independent.ie that the body was discovered some time later in the car’s boot.

The remains were then taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore for a full post mortem examination.

The baby’s death came to light after the mother attended hospital for treatment or medical complications arising from childbirth.

It is understood the woman was in a very distressed condition.

The Office of the State Pathologist was informed and a post-mortem examination was carried out on the infant on April 1.

Offaly Coroner Mr Brian Mahon was also notified of the death.

However, as the baby's death was deemed to be a stillbirth it will not be the subject of a full coroner's inquest.

Gardaí confirmed they are investigating the “sudden death” of the infant.

It is understood the incident is being treated as a tragedy.

The investigation will be directed by the findings of the full post mortem examination report.

Gardaí have not disclosed the gender of the baby or the age of the mother.

The mother has been receiving counselling supports since the incident came to light.

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