Gardaí investigating all circumstances surrounding deaths of baby and woman

At 3.45am, gardaí found the body of the woman on Lower Road, Strawberry Beds. After this discovery, gardaí went to a house in Lucan where a seven-month-old baby boy was found in an unresponsive condition.
Gardaí investigating all circumstances surrounding deaths of baby and woman

Bridge scene at Lower Road Strawberry Beds, Lucan this evening. Picture: Stephen Collins/ Photos Dublin

Update 8.15pm: Gardaí are continuing to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a woman and the unexplained death of a baby boy in Lucan, Co Dublin.

The post mortem on the woman will take place tomorrow.

A post mortem on the infant boy has been completed. The results of which are not being released for operational reasons.

Gardaí said the primary focus of the investigation team at the moment is the preparation of an investigation file for the Coroner in respect of the still-unexplained death of the boy.

Investigating Gardaí continue to liaise with the family and are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.

The family of the mother and child have appealed for privacy at this time.

Gardaí investigate unexplained death of baby and discovery of woman's body 

Ciaran Sunderland

Gardaí have started an investigation into the discovery of a woman's body and the unexplained death of an infant boy in Lucan, Co Dublin. 

In the early hours of this morning, gardaí responded to a call of a pedestrian acting suspiciously at the M50 (toll plaza) bridge. 

At 3.45am, responding officers found the body of the woman on Lower Road, Strawberry Beds.

After this discovery, gardaí went to a house in Lucan where a seven-month-old baby boy was found in an unresponsive condition.

A short time later the baby was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The body of the infant has been removed to Crumlin Hospital and the body of the woman has been removed to the City Morgue where post-mortem examinations will be carried out.

A technical examination of the scene has taken place and the Coroner and Office of the State Pathologist have been informed.

The results of the post-mortem examinations will determine the course of Garda investigations.

At this stage investigating gardaí are treating these incidents as a family tragedy and are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Councillor Ed O'Brien, Mayor of South Dublin, says locals are shocked by what has happened.

"It is really awful news. Thankfully, we don't hear this kind of news very often but when you do - particularly when it is so close to home - it is really shocking.

"The sense of loss just moving around Lucan village during the day today is really palpable."

The family of the mother and child have appealed for privacy. 

Investigations are ongoing. 

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