Toddler died of multiple injuries, inquest hears

A 22-MONTH-OLD toddler knocked down by a car at a children’s birthday party died of multiple injuries, an inquest has heard.

Baby Dylan Murray-Finneran was playing outside his home in the Coilin Bui estate in Moate, Co Westmeath, on September 25, 2010, when the tragedy struck.

He was being watched by his mother Catriona Murray when a car reversed into him.

The toddler, a grandnephew of former Minister for Housing, Michael Finneran, was rushed to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar before being transferred by helicopter to Temple Street Children’s hospital in Dublin.

He died at Temple Street Hospital two days later.

A postmortem examination carried out by Dr Deirdre Devaney, a consultant pathologist as Temple Street Children’s Hospital, gave the cause of death as multiple injuries, which were mainly head injuries.

Dylan’s father Sean Finneran gave evidence of identifying the body at yesterday’s inquest. He told Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell that the couple also have a daughter.

Inspector Declan Good told yesterday’s inquest a criminal prosecution had been taken against the party involved in the incident.

“A person has been charged but a trial date has not been set. It is unlikely a trial will take place this year,” he said.

Adjourning the case “sine die” (indefinitely) Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell said: “I am sorry to hear of Dylan’s death. No words can adequately sympathise with you“.

“I’m going to adjourn the inquest until the criminal trial is completed“.

The Finneran family are well known in the town of Moate.

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