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Injured man facing quiz over death of 11-month-old baby

Published 07/03/2016

Detectives will interview the man when hospital doctors give the go-ahead
Detectives will interview the man when hospital doctors give the go-ahead

A man is to be interviewed by detectives over the death of an 11-month-old baby boy.

Gardai said a post-mortem examination is to be carried out on the infant's body and forensic examinations will take place in the apartment in Killarney, Co Kerry, where he was discovered on Sunday evening.

The alarm was raised by the baby's mother shortly before 6pm on Sunday when she returned home from work at a hotel in the town.

She is understood to be originally from Poland and is in her 20s.

Gardai said the man they wish to interview had been with the baby during the day and was found in the apartment with serious injuries.

He is in his 30s and also believed to be from Poland.

He was taken to Kerry University Hospital in Tralee on Sunday evening and was said to be in a stable condition on Monday.

Gardai said emergency services were called to the Park Place apartment complex in Upper High Street , near Killarney town centre, when the discovery was made.

The baby boy was treated at the scene by paramedics but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Dr Margaret Bolster, of the State Pathologist's Office, carried out a preliminary examination of the baby's body and the apartment on Sunday evening.

Specialist forensic officers and scenes of crime experts have also been dispatched to the apartment complex.

The baby's body remained in the apartment overnight.

It is understood the injured man will be interviewed by garda detectives when hospital doctors give the go-ahead.

Gardai described the infant's death as "sudden and unexplained".

Detectives appealed for witnesses, including anyone who was around the Park Place apartment complex between 1pm and 6pm on Sunday.

The baby's mother is being supported by a Garda family liaison officer.

Forensics specialists spent several hours in the apartment and the baby's body was removed by hearse to University Hospital Kerry for a post-mortem examination.

"The results of the post-mortem will determine the course of the investigation," the Garda press office said.

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