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Chan Teng Wang (54) has been sent for trial accused of killing of his 10-month-old grandson Sean. Photo: Collins Courts

Chan Teng Wang (54) has been sent for trial accused of killing of his 10-month-old grandson Sean. Photo: Collins Courts

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Chan Teng Wang (54) has been sent for trial accused of killing of his 10-month-old grandson Sean. Photo: Collins Courts

A 54-year-old man accused of killing his infant grandson, who allegedly suffered a fatal injury while he was babysitting, has been sent for trial.

Sean Wang, who was 10 months old, died at Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin on August 15, 2019 after two days in intensive care.

His grandfather Chan Teng Wang, a Chinese national living at Melville Rise, Finglas, Dublin 11, was charged on May 8 with manslaughter.

Bail was set in his own bond of €100, with an independent surety of €5,000.

He appeared at Blanchardstown District Court yesterday, when he was served with a book of evidence.

Hearing

The Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial on indictment.

Judge Gerard Jones agreed to make a return for trial order, sending Mr Wang's case forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where he will face his next hearing on July 24.

The accused came to Ireland last year to live with his son and his family.

His solicitor Tracy Horan has said Mr Wang denies the charge.

Ms Horan told an earlier bail hearing that her client had said from the start the child died from a fall and his family accepted that.

The defence case is that it was an accident and a UK-based pathologist's report had been obtained, she said.

Detective Garda Siobhan Tolan had told the district court Sean Wang was 10 months old and the grandson of the accused.

Friends

She said the baby boy was in the care of his grandfather at his home in Finglas.

The baby's parents were out with friends at the time.

It was alleged at 00.38 on the morning of August 13, 2019 "baby Sean arrived at Temple Street Children's Hospital in cardiac arrest".

He was accompanied by his parents. Medical staff performed CPR 40 times, after which a heartbeat was detected.

He was transferred to the intensive-care unit where he lost his fight for life two days later, Detective Garda Tolan had said.