Inquest into baby's stabbing death to resume

The inquest into the death of a baby girl discovered stabbed in a lane in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin in 1973 is due to resume today.

The inquest into the death of a baby girl discovered stabbed in a lane in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin in 1973 is due to resume today.

The investigation was reopened by Dublin County Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty last September after a woman came forward claiming to be the mother of the baby girl.

The woman, who was named as Cynthia Owen in court, claimed the baby was one of two she gave birth to as a young teenager as a result of sexual abuse during the 1970s.

The inquest was reopened by Dr Geraghty more than 30 years after the baby’s death following representations by Ms Owen’s solicitors.

The fresh inquest was adjourned as gardai said the matter was still under investigation.

In September, the court heard the garda file was at an advanced stage and was expected to be given to the Director of Public Prosecutions shortly.

The coroner is due to hear the decision the DPP has made on the case today.

Gardaí have been investigating the deaths of two children in Dalkey some 30 years ago to whom the woman allegedly gave birth. Ms Owen has claimed one of the children, whom she named as Noeleen, was the baby found dumped in Dun Laoghaire.

The infant was buried in the Little Angels plot at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

The Dun Laoghaire Coroner’s Court heard on the last occasion the baby was discovered on April 4, 1973 in Lee’s Lane in Dun Laoghaire and the Coroner held an inquest on April 27th of that year.

The baby, whom Dr Geraghty said was still not identified formally, died from haemorrhaging from blood vessels in the neck due to stab wounds.

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