News Irish News

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tears as baby loses fight for life after horror plunge

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A SINGLE bunch of roses poignantly marked the spot where a little toddler tragically fell to his death.

Yesterday, a tribute dedicated to 'Baby Oscar' was placed on the street outside the two-storey apartment in Galway city.

The horrific accident occurred after the 16-month-old boy crawled out of a window and plunged to the ground below.

His parents had spent the last two nights by his bedside as he battled for his life in the intensive care unit of a Dublin hospital.

At 2.30am yesterday morning, little Oscar died at Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.

A post-mortem is now due to be carried out.

His distraught mother, originally from Latvia, raised the alarm around 9.45am on Saturday after she discovered what had happened.

The immediate area around the apartment at Lydon Court, Rosemary Avenue, just off Eyre Street in Galway city, was sealed off by gardai for examination.

Flowers were laid on the pavement outside the café on Irwin's Lane close to where he had fallen.

Tragedy

They bore a sad tribute to Baby Oscar. The message from the nearby Cafe Zealous, read: "Rest in Peace, Baby Oscar."

Gardai in Galway are understood to be treating the fall as an accident.

"This is a terrible tragedy and the sympathy of the city goes out to the mother," Galway city councillor Padraig Conneely said.

Mr Conneely said he was certain the council would help the family in any way it could at such a tragic time.

It is understood both ambulances and gardai were on the scene within minutes of the incident.

The toddler was taken to University Hospital in Galway before being transferred to Temple Street Hospital.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News