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Sunday 11 December 2016

Probe as newborn baby rushed to hospital with horror injuries

Dublin's Temple Street Childrens Hospital
Dublin's Temple Street Childrens Hospital

A man has been arrested after a tiny baby was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries which were caused as the result of a suspected assault.

The Herald can reveal today that the shocking incident unfolded in the Galway city area on Monday.

The female child, who is understood to be just six weeks old, was brought to the main hospital in the city - University Hospital Galway (UHG).

After receiving initial treatment at UHG, it was decided that the child required further care at a different hospital.

Because of the extremely serious nature of her injuries, the baby was transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin, which specialises in the care of children.

She was rushed to the facility in an ambulance which was given a garda escort along the M6 motorway.

The exact nature of the child's injuries are unknown but are believed to be very serious head injuries.

A man aged in his early 30's was subsequently arrested by gardai in Galway. He was questioned about the alleged assault before being released without charge.

It is understood that the man is known to the injured child.

The investigation is being led by gardai based at Mill Street Garda Station in Galway city.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and gardai are attempting to establish exactly what happened to the victim before the alleged assault was brought to their attention.

"This is a very serious and sensitive case. The child was badly hurt," a source told the Herald.

"There were very distressing scenes at those hospitals this week. There was a notable garda presence after the child was brought there," the source added.

Gardai have contacted theHealth Service Executive (HSE) about the alleged assault and it is understood that the agency are working with the child's family.

Last night, the HSE refused to comment on the case.

"The HSE cannot comment on any queries involving a minor," a spokesperson stated.

kfoy@herald.ie

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