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Thursday 21 June 2018

Mother of tragic Emily (11) arrested

THE mother of a tragic 11-year-old disabled child who was found dead at her home in October 2012, was arrested this morning in relation to her death.

Hugely respected GP Dr Bernadette Scully is being questioned by detectives at Tullamore Garda Station about the death of her beloved daughter Emily Barut.

The girl's mother, Dr Bernadette Scully, was found unconscious in the house at the same time as Emily's body was discovered. Dr Scully was discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for four days.

But after being interviewed by gardai for three hours the day after she was discharged, she was admitted to a Dublin hospital for further treatment.

She had previously turned up at Tullamore station by appointment, accompanied by her solicitor where she was questioned by gardai.

The tragedy was discovered by Dr Scully's partner, Lithuanian composer Andrius Kozlovskis, who contacted the emergency services.

The girl's father, Haluk Barut, is a Turkish national who runs a restaurant in Tullamore.

A senior source told The Herald: "This is a most unusual and tragic case. Gardai are following a definite line of enquiry."

Emily, who had cerebral palsy, used a wheelchair and required 24-hour care.

UNCONSCIOUS

Emily was also unconscious when she was taken to the hospital at about 9pm on September 15, 2012. She was pronounced dead shortly afterwards and State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out the autopsy.

Dr Scully, who runs a large practice from the Medical Centre in Clonminch, has been living in the house on Bachelor's Walk since 2003, having returned to Ireland from Australia.

A native of Rhode, Co Offaly, Dr Scully (57) is well regarded by her patients and those who know her. Dr Scully had taken a career break in the weeks before her death to put her full focus on looking after her daughter.

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