Saturday 24 March 2018

Post-mortem on 11-month-old baby 'will drive inquiry' - gardai

The scene outside the apartment in Kerry today.
The scene outside the apartment in Kerry today.
A garda stands outside the apartment in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Wayne O’Connor

The post-mortem of an 11-month-old Polish boy who died in suspicious circumstances in Killarney last night will 'drive the inquiry', gardai have said.

The body of the young child was removed from his home today and a post-mortem is to be carried out this evening.

Investigating Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses; they are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity of Park Place Apartments between 1pm and 6pm yesterday evening to contact them.

Local superintendent Flor Murphy said the post mortem findings will drive their inquiry.

"Yesterday evening at about six o'clock, gardaí and emergency services came to an apartment here where they found the body of an 11-month-old boy," he said.

"Also in the apartment was a seriously injured male and that male was taken to Kerry University Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

"The scene was immediately preserved here last night, the death was pronounced and the body of the young infant has just been taken from the scene where a postmortem will be conducted later this evening and that will dictate the progress and course of the investigations."

He also said Gardaí will work in conjunction with Polish authorities to establish an inquiry.

"Like with any other investigation, we will be utilising all of our resources and avenues of inquiry and people with relevant skills and languages to progress the investigation."

The alarm was raised as the boy's mother returned from work to the town centre apartment at 6pm yesterday.

Upon her arrival she discovered the baby boy was not breathing.

Emergency services worked to save the infant but he was pronounced dead a short time later by a local doctor.

A man who had been caring for the boy, and who is said to be related to the infant, was also discovered at the scene with serious injuries.

He was rushed to Kerry University Hospital in Tralee and is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Gardaí investigating the circumstances surrounding the baby's tragic death wait to question the man about events at his home last night.

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Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster travelled to Kerry last night and visited the scene briefly.

She was due to return to the scene today to carry out further investigations before a post mortem was to be conducted in Kerry University Hospital.

The apartment is said to be the home of a young Polish family who are believed to be relatively new to the area.

The scene was sealed off last night and gardaí maintained a presence throughout the night.

More local gardaí visited the scene again this morning.

Locals spoke of the horror the incident has inflicted on the town.

Independent Councillor Donal Grady said Killarney has never seen such a tragedy.

“It's a shock to the town and the people here in general.

“My thoughts are with the mother of this poor young boy and if there is anything people here can do for her we will help her.

“Never before have we seen a child die here in such circumstances.”

Local residents will be interviewed by gardaí throughout today as they try to piece together last night’s events.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station 064-6671160, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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