Mother makes appeal on behalf of woman who tried to snatch her baby boy in Kerry

After what was a frightening incident, the mother said the woman 'was clearly unwell'
Mother makes appeal on behalf of woman who tried to snatch her baby boy in Kerry

Gardaí attended the scene of an incident on the North Circular Road, Tralee, Co Kerry, at about 12.30pm yesterday. File picture: Dan Linehan

A woman is currently being detained under the Mental Health Act after twice attempting to snatch a one-year-old boy from his buggy in Tralee on Thursday.

Two separate attempts were made to take the boy from his buggy within a short space of time. The first attempt was made on Tralee's North Circular Road at about 12.30pm, and a second attempt was made shortly afterwards inside Dunnes Stores.

The boy's mother, concerned for the woman's welfare, attempted to call an ambulance in order to get her medical attention after the first incident. 

She continued into the store, but was followed by the woman, who again attempted to unstrap the little boy from his buggy. Staff came to the mother's assistance. 

Emergency services and gardaí also provided assistance.

In a statement, gardaí confirmed a "woman was arrested by gardaí under the Mental Health Act, 2018, and continues to receive medical attention."

Monika, the little boy's mother, has received praise locally for her compassion and understanding despite what was a frightening incident. 

Speaking to Radio Kerry, she appealed for greater resources for people suffering with mental health issue in Ireland. 

“She [the woman] was clearly unwell,” Monika said.

The Garda Press Office said due to the sensitive nature of this incident, An Garda Síochána had no further comment at this time.

More in this section

Price info
IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

logo podcast

War of Independence Podcast

A special four-part series hosted by Mick Clifford

Available on
www.irishexaminer.com/podcasts

IE logo

Commemorating 100 years since the War of Independence

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox

LOTTO RESULTS

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • 12
  • 19
  • 21
  • 33
  • 44
  • 46
  • 1

Full Lotto draw results »