A three-year-old boy who suffered crush injuries in a lift shaft is believed to have died as a result of massive blood loss.
The boy's mother had to stand helplessly waiting for emergency services after the freak accident.
The child was found in the lift shaft at the Hynes Building on Augustine Street in Galway city shortly after 3pm yesterday.
Gardai, ambulances and two units of the Galway fire brigade rushed to the scene. They worked desperately to free the child. However, his injuries were too great and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The three-year-old had been with his mother and three sisters when he became separated from his family. He was on his own when he was seriously injured.
His heartbroken mother was too distraught to return to her Doughiska home last night. She was comforted by friends at a nearby bed and breakfast.
Two probes are now under way into how the child could have gained access to the lift shaft.
His frantic mother and siblings were comforted by members of staff at the offices while attempts were made to free the child.
His remains were removed to Galway University Hospital at around 4pm. A post mortem is expected to be carried out on the little boy later today.
The family are originally from Nigeria and had moved to the area only recently.