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Father of smothered baby dies in Cork hospital from stab wounds

By Ralph Riegel and Majella O'Sullivan

Published 11/03/2016

Andrzej Piolunowicz died in Cork University Hospital [File photo]
Andrzej Piolunowicz died in Cork University Hospital [File photo]

A father found lying critically injured in a pool of blood just metres from his smothered 11-month-old baby son has died.

Andrzej Piolunowicz (32) died in Cork University Hospital five days after being found in a flat in Killarney, Co Kerry, alongside his son, Karol Rozycki.

Mr Piolunowicz, a hotel worker, had sustained what gardaí believe were self-inflicted injuries to his wrists, stomach and neck. He had lost so much blood, he had sustained severe brain damage.

He never regained consciousness after being discovered by his partner and Karol's mother, Anna Rozycka (24).

It is understood his organs have been donated. He had been on a life support machine since being rushed to hospital.

The young mother discovered her lifeless baby and Mr Piolunowicz lying in a pool of blood at their apartment at Park Place on Upper High Street, Killarney shortly after 6pm last Sunday.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was released to his mother on Wednesday and his remains were flown back to Poland where his Mass of the Angels will be staged tomorrow.

Karol will be buried in Bielsko-Biala, the home town of his mother, Anna, which is located a short distance outside the southern Polish city of Krakow.

A special memorial service for Karol was staged by the Irish and Polish communities in Killarney last Tuesday with a collection being taken up to help Anna defray the costs of Karol's repatriation and his funeral expenses.

Gardaí have refused to release the results of the post-mortem examination by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster, however it is understood little Karol died from suffocation, most likely by having a pillow placed over his head.

Gardaí also recovered a number of notes and messages at the scene which are now being studied by forensic experts.

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