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Baby found dead in recycling plant 'several weeks old'

By Robin Schiller

Published 06/05/2016

A baby girl whose remains were discovered in a recycling plant in the Republic may have been several weeks old instead of stillborn, as initially thought
A baby girl whose remains were discovered in a recycling plant in the Republic may have been several weeks old instead of stillborn, as initially thought

A baby girl whose remains were discovered in a recycling plant in the Republic may have been several weeks old instead of stillborn, as initially thought.

Garda detectives do not now suspect that foul play was involved in the infant's death.

The body was discovered by a member of staff at the Greenstar recycling plant near Fassaroe in Bray, Co Wicklow on Wednesday morning.

A post mortem was carried out yesterday and a source revealed that although the outcome was "inconclusive", it is not believed foul play was involved.

It has also emerged that the baby was born several weeks earlier than initially suspected.

It is believed that the remains were damaged, but gardai have said that there is nothing to suggest that deliberate injuries were caused to the infant.

"The findings of the post mortem would suggest that the baby was born some weeks earlier than initially thought. It is confirmed that the baby is female and Caucasian," Garda Superintendent Pat Ward said.

He added that he is very concerned for the welfare of the baby girl's mother, as she is possibly in a distressed state and in need of medical assistance.

He also issued a further appeal to anyone, particularly family members who may have any information that might assist him with the investigation to contact them.

Gardai initially believed that the recyclable refuse among which the remains were discovered originated from Co Limerick or Finglas, Co Dublin, but a wider area has not been ruled out.

Bray Town Council chairman Brendan Thornhill said the community must come together to support the mother of the deceased infant. He said: "I'm very shocked, it's a very, very sad case and it's not something you hear about happening.

"I'm sure there is someone out there who is very distressed and it's up to the community now to come together. They may know something."

The incident occurred almost a year to the day since a new-born baby girl, subsequently named Maria, was discovered in a plastic bag in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

Separately, the body of a new-born baby boy was discovered at a landfill site in Swords, Co Dublin, in 2003. Tests showed the boy had never been fed once during his short life, and died of starvation after three weeks.

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