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Investigation launched after death of two-year-old girl in Cork

The two year-old was taken to Cork University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Gardai are investigating the girl’s death (Niall Carson/PA)
Gardai are investigating the girl’s death (Niall Carson/PA)

An investigation has been launched after the death of a girl in Co Cork.

Gardai and emergency services were called to an incident at an apartment in the Boreenmanna Road area of Ballinlough, Cork City, at approximately 5.18am on Friday, where a two-year-old child had sustained critical injuries.

She was taken to Cork University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Gardai at Anglesea Street, Cork, are currently investigating all the circumstances of the death.

An incident room has been established at Anglesea Street Garda Station, while a technical examination of the apartment is to be carried out by crime scene examiners from Cork City.

A post-mortem examination took place on Friday afternoon, under Deputy State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster.

Officers carried out door-to-door inquiries in the Elderwood Apartment complex on Boreenmanna Road and the surrounding area.

Any death is tragic but when it is a toddler like that, it would break your heart Pat Buckley, a Sinn Fein TD for Cork East

The results of the post-mortem will determine the course of the Garda investigation.

No arrests have been made.

A spokesman for the Gardai said: “Officers are continuing to investigate this matter and there is no further information at this time.”

Gardai are appealing to any person who was in the Elderwood Apartment complex between 4pm on Thursday and 6am on Friday, who has not already spoken to police to come forward.

Anyone with information can contact Gardaí at Anglesea Street Station on 021 452 2000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Pat Buckley, a Sinn Fein TD for Cork East, said the entire community is in shock at the news.

“I’ve just heard that the poor child has died, its absolutely shocking,” he said.

“Nobody knows the circumstances yet.

“Any death is tragic but when it is a toddler like that, it would break your heart.

“There will always be ‘he said, she said’, but we will wait and let the investigation take its course and I’d ask people to be mindful of that.

“The parent or parents and family of that child will be absolutely devastated, it’s a tragedy that affects more than one person and I’d ask people not to be making accusations or presumptions.”

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