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Friday 6 December 2019

Hero gardai battled to save tragic girl (2) who died of head injuries

Gardai and forensic investigators at the scene on Boreenmanna Road in Co Cork yesterday
Gardai and forensic investigators at the scene on Boreenmanna Road in Co Cork yesterday

Hero gardai battled to save the life of a two-year-old girl who was found in an apartment in Cork with serious head injuries.

Gardai were alerted after neighbours reported a disturb- ance inside an apartment at the Elderwood complex, on Boreenmanna Road, at 5.18am yesterday.

The Herald can reveal that two officers discovered the toddler critically injured when they arrived.

There was also a considerable amount of blood at the scene.

The officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived in an attempt to save the child's life.

She was rushed to Cork University Hospital, but was pronounced dead several hours later.

Commotion

Gardai have launched an investigation into the circumstances around the child's death, and issued an appeal to anyone with information to come forward.

The toddler lived in the apartment with her father and his partner, who is not the child's mother.

The complex was sealed off yesterday to allow forensic experts to conduct a technical examination inside the second- floor apartment.

Another apartment nearby was also inspected and remained cordoned off throughout the day.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster conducted a post-mortem after carrying out a preliminary examination of the scene.

Its results will determine the course of the investigation.

Gardai carried out door-to-door enquiries in the Elder- wood complex yesterday afternoon and established an incident room at Anglesea Street Garda Station.

A number of neighbours said they were woken in the early hours of the morning by a commotion coming from the second-floor apartment.

"My daughter came running into me at around 3am because there was a lot of shouting and banging coming from upstairs," one resident said.

"The noise continued on and off for about two hours, which made me very concerned. I was thankful when I saw the gardai arrive, but when the ambulance came I had a feeling something terrible had happened.

"When I found out that a little girl had died I was so upset and shocked, especially since I have a daughter who is the same age."

Another local told the Herald the area had experienced several tragedies in recent years.

"Not too long ago, a young boy who lived in these apartments lost his life, and before that another child died following a car accident," he said.

"Thankfully, we all look out for one another when things like this happen.

"We're all shocked that this young girl has lost her life in this way, but I'm sure our small community will offer their love and support to her family."

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