Gardaí decline to release results of autopsy on newborn

Gardaí are still investigating the death of a newborn baby boy following an autopsy on the infant’s remains yesterday.

Dr Margot Bolster, assistant state pathologist, who performed the autopsy at Cork University Hospital, furnished the preliminary findings of her examination to investigating detectives.

However, following a case conference in the afternoon, gardaí said they would not be disclosing the findings for operational reasons.

A Garda spokesman said investigators are awaiting the results of further tests, which could take some time, before deciding their next course of action.

They are also awaiting the results of forensics analysis following an examination of the house where the baby was found dead on Monday.

The findings of all the tests will determine the course of the Garda probe.

Gardaí were alerted by the emergency services around 4.30pm on Monday after they were called to a house in the Deerpark area of the city.

When gardaí arrived, they found the body of the newborn boy in an upstairs bathroom.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The baby’s mother, a woman in her 40s who gardaí believe had given birth in the bathroom just minutes earlier, was receiving medical attention. She remained in hospital yesterday.

The Garda spokesman said gardaí have appointed a liaison officer to deal with the family during this very traumatic time.

And he said gardaí will exercise “discretion and sensitivity” while the family tries to deal with the death of the baby, and as the investigation continues.


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