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Mother and baby homes scandal: Sister left ‘disappointed but not surprised’ gardaí will not pursue criminal charges into infant’s death

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Sheila Wilkinson, left, and Annette McKay hold a portrait of their mother Margaret, whose daughter Mary Margaret died as a baby in Tuam's Mother and Baby Home. Picture by Brian Farrell

Sheila Wilkinson, left, and Annette McKay hold a portrait of their mother Margaret, whose daughter Mary Margaret died as a baby in Tuam's Mother and Baby Home. Picture by Brian Farrell

Sheila Wilkinson, left, and Annette McKay hold a portrait of their mother Margaret, whose daughter Mary Margaret died as a baby in Tuam's Mother and Baby Home. Picture by Brian Farrell

The sister of an infant who died at a mother and baby home has been told a renewed Garda investigation into the death will not result in any criminal charges, leaving her “disappointed but not surprised”.

Annette McKay’s late mother Maggie O’Connor gave birth to her sister Mary Margaret at Tuam in 1942. Mary Margaret died at Tuam within months of being separated from her mother. The baby was conceived as a consequence of rape at another industrial school when Maggie was aged 17.


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