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.
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