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Saturday 16 December 2017

Baby 'found 14 hours after mum's death'

A two-month-old baby lay crying in a Dublin flat for 14 hours after her mother died of a suspected drug overdose, it has emerged.

The baby was rescued last Saturday after gardai broke down the door of the Clondalkin apartment.

Relatives had become concerned about the welfare of the mother-of-three in her early 30s.

rescued

The young woman is said to have had long-standing drug addiction problems.

The baby was crying and in distress when rescued and is now in the care of the HSE.

The mother's two other children were not in the apartment at the time she was found to have died.

Locals said the mother had gone into a local business earlier on Saturday and asked someone there to mind the young child.

"She asked me to look after the baby," said one woman who did not want to be named.

"I couldn't of course, but another woman in here did mind the baby for her for about 20 minutes," she added.

"The woman then went off somewhere before coming back," the lady said.

It is not clear where the woman went to while her baby was being taken care of.

"It is just so tragic really. She had a drugs problem clearly but was a nice woman," said the local source.

"It's just so sad to hear what happened to her," she added.

Other locals said the dead woman was a good person whose life changed with drug addiction.

Gardai at Ronanstown are investigating the death and a file on the matter will be sent to the city coroner ahead of a full inquest.

One source described the woman's death as a very sad event.

"It is heartbreaking that the baby was left at the scene for so many hours as her mother lay dead," they said.

TRAGEDY

"Tragedy is the only word to describe this painful upsetting happening in modern Ireland," said one shocked local.

"It's another example of how drugs totally destroy lives and devastate entire families," they added.

"Thankfully that baby will have no recollection of the death of her mother.

"Thankfully, it's a small mercy," they said.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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