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Baby death claim probed

A CLAIM that a 10-day-old baby who died at a house in Dublin was dropped by another child is being investigated.

The infant, John McCarthy, suffered a severe head injury and bruising to his body at the house in Lusk, north Co Dublin, before he died in hospital.

It is understood witnesses have told detectives the death was a tragic accident, claiming the baby fell from the arms of another child. However, investigators are still treating the death as suspicious as they continue their enquiries.

A forensic examination of the house at Scholars Walk by the Garda Technical Bureau was continuing today, with the investigation being carried out by gardai in Balbriggan.

The baby had travelled with his parents from their home in Navan to the house in Lusk where the accident happened shortly before midnight last Thursday. By the time gardai arrived, the injured tot had already been taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

He was immediately put in intensive care but never recovered and was pronounced dead at around 2am.

The family involved is from the Travelling community.

"The mother was out in front of the house crying," a neighbour in Lusk said.

"She was holding her face and looked distraught."