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Newborn 'was found dead in a toilet bowl by gardai'

GARDAI discovered a newborn baby lying dead in a toilet bowl in the bathroom of an Irish home.

Cork coroner's inquest heard that baby Sean Patrick Magee died from respiratory complications.

Dr Myra Cullinane was told that a Garda investigation into the tragedy remains ongoing.

Baby Sean Patrick was discovered dead when Gardai were called to a house at Deerpark, off Friar's Walk in Cork city on July 29 last.

Garda Deirdre Hayes was on routine patrol with a colleague when they received the call shortly after 4pm from Angelsea Street Garda Station.

She told the inquest that, on arrival at the property, she went into a bathroom.

"I saw a baby lying in the toilet," she said.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

The infant was later removed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for a full postmortem examination.

Garda Hayes identified the body to Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.



The pathologist found, following that July 30 examination, that the infant died from "hypoxia due to placental failure associated with aspiration."

Hypoxia is a condition whereby parts of the body are deprived of oxygen.

No further details of the postmortem were given.

Det Inspector Ger O'Mahony applied under the Coroner's Act for the inquest to be adjourned pending the outcome of their ongoing investigation.

"We are applying for the matter to be adjourned to June. By that stage we hope that there will be more clarity in relation to the matter," he said.

Dr Cullinane was informed that members of the infant's family were in court, including his mother, Elaine.

They did not address the brief hearing before it was adjourned.

The infant's mother wept as summary details of the cause of death were read out.

Dr Cullinane extended her sympathies to the family as she granted the Garda application for an adjournment.

The case was listed for mention before Cork coroner's court on June 26.

The matter will be adjourned again if the Garda investigation is not concluded.