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Killer mother had asked for photo of her dead son

Irish authorities turned down a plea from tormented Ruth Murphy for a photograph of the son she murdered, prison sources claimed today.

Her request came after she made a tearful visit under escort to the Co Wicklow grave of seven-year-old Karl.

Prison sources said that she had contacted senior management at the Dochas women's Prison, where she was serving life, for a specific photo.

They in turn got in touch with the Irish Prison Service, which turned down the request.

It is understood that she visited her son's grave on August 5 and had done so on numerous occasions since she was put behind bars. The grave is still adorned with flowers.

She was found dead in the prison on Wednesday.

Ms Murphy was described by staff as “a troubled soul who gave no trouble” and was eligible to go before the parole board for a sentence review.

She drowned her son Karl on a beach in Wicklow in 2001.

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