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Mum accused of cruelty to her 12-week-old baby

A JUDGE has said he wants a foreign embassy to prove the identity of a woman charged with cruelty to her own baby before he will deal with the case.

The accused (34) is alleged to have acted cruelly toward her three-month-old after she was arrested on suspicion of begging in the city centre.

Judge John Coughlan said he wanted proof of her identity before he would make any further orders.

The defendant, with an address in the inner city, is accused of ill-treatment or cruelty to the child at Harcourt Terrace Garda Station in February, 2010.

Dublin District Court heard the DPP has directed summary trial of the case at district court level, pending a decision by a judge on jurisdiction.

Before considering jurisdiction, Judge Coughlan remarked that there was also a charge against the accused that she did not identify herself.

The judge adjourned the case to May 21.