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Monday 20 November 2017

Woman held in connection with death of 11-year-old girl is released

Tom Brady Security Editor

Gardai have released a woman arrested yesterday in connection with the death of Emily Barut, who was found in her Tullamore home.

The body of the 11-year-old girl was found beside her mother, Dr Bernadette Scully, in the house at Bachelors Walk on the night of September 15, 2012.

Dr Scully, a local GP with an extensive practice in the town, was lapsing in and out of consciousness after she was rushed to the intensive care unit of Tullamore general hospital.

She remained in a critical condition overnight although her condition stabilised and she was discharged after four days' treatment.

Dr Scully, who is in her 50s, was later interviewed informally for three hours by investigating officers at Tullamore garda station where she turned up by appointment with her solicitor. Gardai believed she could have vital information which might help explain how Emily died.

Her only child, who suffered from severe physical and mental disabilities since birth, had spent her life in a wheelchair and her health deteriorated following surgery in the weeks before her death.

As a result, Dr Scully took time off from her GP practice to provide round-the-clock care for Emily and also employed a full-time carer.

The two unconscious bodies of the mum and daughter were found by Dr Scully's partner, Lithuanian composer Andrius Kozlovskis, who immediately contacted the emergency services.

Emily's father, Haluk Barut, who was working in a restaurant in Tullamore, was immediately notified after his daughter's body was found.

Following her interview, Dr Scully was admitted to a Dublin hospital for further treatment as she tried to recover from her ordeal.

Meanwhile, after a post-mortem examination on the girl's body by the state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy proved to be inconclusive, further toxicology tests were carried out.

The girl's death was initially treated as suspicious while officers awaited the outcome of the medical tests as well as the result of a detailed forensic examination of Emily's home.

Officers arrested the woman yesterday morning and she was taken to Tullamore garda station where she was questioned throughout the day by detectives.

She was held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and her period of detention was extended yesterday afternoon.

Gardai said she was released last night without charge, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Irish Independent

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