Girl, 14, allegedly given ‘abortion potion’

Gardaí are investigating a case in which a 14-year-old girl miscarried after being allegedly given an “abortion potion” by her father.

The girl, who is from West Africa but had been living in Dublin, miscarried at the Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Co Down, early last year, after apparently being driven there by her father.

One line of inquiry is that the father impregnated his daughter and then obtained a drink from a member of the West African community so that the pregnancy would terminate.

Gardaí are investigating why the girl was taken to a hospital in the North, including that staff in a Dublin hospital might have notified gardaí.

It is understood the preserved foetus has been transferred to gardaí. Tests can be carried out now to determine if fluid was used to terminate the pregnancy, and the identity of the father of the unborn child.

It is understood the girl has been in HSE care and that her mother is still in Africa. Her father has not been arrested.

A Garda spokesman said: “We are investigating an incident of alleged sexual assault and are liaising very closely with other state agencies involved, as well as the PSNI and international police colleagues via Interpol.”

It is understood gardaí were tipped off when they received a call from a relative who alleged the “‘witch doctor” potion had been given to the girl.

Gardaí alerted the PSNI but the girl had already miscarried by the time officers attended the hospital.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Father punched in the face by childminder

One in five rural people have experience of depression

Blind entrepreneur wins national award for successful health food business

One-fifth of farm families are victims of crime


Breaking Stories

Drivers urged to watch out for deer

Gardaí arrest two after car chase ends outside GAA stadium surrounded by thousands of fans

Paedophile victims to sue State for 'turning a blind eye' to abuse

Unions agree to attend Dublin Bus talks at WRC 'without precondition'

Lifestyle

London Design Festival will inspire your next interiors project

Be inspired by this award-winning Galway home

The top 6 trends for S/S 2017 from London Fashion Week

Tempting recipes from Paula Lambert’s cookbook Cheese Glorious Cheese

More From The Irish Examiner