Monday 11 December 2017

Probe launched after body of infant boy found in house

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of an infant in a Cork city house.

The body of the child, believed to be a newborn boy, was discovered in the property in the Friar's Walk area shortly after 4pm.

Gardai were called to the house and the child was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Officers immediately sealed off the area to allow for a full technical examination.

The infant's body will be removed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where a full post-mortem examination will be conducted later today.

Gardai insisted that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the findings of the post-mortem examination.

The child's mother, who is understood to be middle-aged, was receiving medical attention last night in a Cork hospital.

For operational reasons, gardai declined to comment further about her condition.


But gardai have not yet been able to formally speak to the woman about the precise circumstances of the child's death.

The investigators are now trying to confirm exactly when and where the child was born.

One garda source said they were trying to determine if the incident involved a miscarriage, a still-birth or whether the boy died shortly after being born.

Irish Independent

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