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Friday 20 October 2017

Body of newborn baby found near family bathroom

THE body of a newborn baby has been found by a bin near the bathroom of a family home in Cork.

Gardai and Health Service Executive (HSE) officials are now liaising over the tragic discovery in a house in south Munster.

Gardai are treating the case as "a personal tragedy".

Paramedics were called to the house in Cork yesterday morning by the woman's distraught family.

They discovered a young woman, believed to be in her early 20s, in a very distressed state and a foetus lying by a bin near the bathroom of the family home.

The woman had apparently attempted to give birth on her own in the bathroom.

Paramedics immediately began cardiac pulmonary resuscitation but the foetus was pronounced dead at the scene.

The body has since been removed to Cork University Hospital where a full post mortem examination will take place.

Hospital

The young woman was also taken to hospital where she is undergoing medical assessment.

A garda source indicated that the foetus was that of a near-full term girl.

However, it is unclear whether the foetus was stillborn or died shortly after being delivered.

The woman's parents are not understood to have known that the girl was giving birth in the house.

"The nature of our inquiry will be determined by the results of the post mortem examination," the garda source told the Herald.

"However, this is being treated as a personal tragedy and the matter is being handled with the utmost compassion and sensitivity."

Gardai are liaising with the HSE over the matter and full counselling services will be offered to the young woman.

She is expected to be kept in hospital for treatment and observation for several days.

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