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Thursday 14 December 2017

Teenager is released after questioning on suspect baby assault

The baby is in critical condition in Temple Street Hospital
The baby is in critical condition in Temple Street Hospital

An 18-year-old man was last night released without charge after being questioned by gardai about his suspected involvement in a serious assault on a 10-week-old baby girl.

The teenager, who was known to the baby, was arrested in Dublin at 6pm on Thursday.

He was released from garda custody at about the same time yesterday.

Critical

It is understood that the suspect had been questioned by specialist investigators at Drogheda Garda Station.

The baby remained in a critical condition last night on a ventilator in Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.

It is understood that senior officers made the decision to arrest the youth when they became dubious of an account that the he gave investigating gardai about last Monday's suspected assault in Ardee, Co Louth.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault causing serious harm to the child.

The teenager is originally from Co Cork, but had been living with his partner in Ardee in recent times.

The baby is the child of teenage Irish parents and was being brought up by them in an apartment in Ardee. Gardai have been investigating if the baby was assaulted at that location.

However, there is also a claim that she suffered the injuries after she was thrown out of her pram when "unknown men" "accidentally" pushed into the man who was pushing the baby in a public area in Ardee.

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