Gardai dig for 2 dead babies at house in Dublin
Gardai will begin digging up the back garden of a home in Walkinstown today after allegations that two newborn babies were murdered and buried there.
A woman, now aged 53, has claimed that she was repeatedly abused by a paedophile ring - including being raped by her father and other men when she was a young girl.
She has alleged that she gave birth to two babies when she was aged 12 and 14, but that these were killed by her mother and buried in the garden, along with items associated with young babies.
The woman claims that the babies were both suffocated when they were just a few days old. She believes that she saw one being buried in a garden which was dug up at the time.
The woman reported her allegations to the gardai, and officers at Sundrive Road are now investigating. The claims date back to the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Gardai also wish to speak to the woman's elderly mother as part of their investigation. The woman's father, who she accused of raping her, is dead.
It is understood that gardai have been investigating the complaints for several months. Detectives have interviewed several family members and friends about the case.
They have also interviewed the alleged victim on several occasions.
A source told the Herald that the excavation will begin within the coming days.
"This investigation has been ongoing for some time - as it's a historical case, it takes longer than normal to corroborate details," they said.
"The case is being dealt with by local officers from Sundrive Road, backed up by national divisions which specialise in crimes of a sexual nature, as well as those of a historical nature.
"Despite the alleged crimes having been committed a number of decades ago, the investigation is very much live - and, as with all cases, detectives will have to investigate all the evidence before deciding on what way to progress from here."
Experts from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation have been involved in the case.
Hi-tech instruments will first be used in a geophysical survey of the garden of the house where it is claimed the newborn babies may be buried.
A significant amount of heavy machinery will be required in order for the dig to take place.
A forensic anthropologist and a forensic archaeologist will be present while the search takes place - in case human remains are found at the property.
The state pathologist is also on standby to attend the scene.
Gardai confirmed that a search warrant has been executed, and the current occupants will be moved out temporarily so the search can take place.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: "Gardai are investigating an allegation regarding the death of a newborn infant that occurred in the 1970s.
"As part of that investigation a search warrant was executed at an address in south Dublin yesterday evening."