Man charged over death of toddler in Phoenix Park

Charged: Ciaran Lane
Charged: Ciaran Lane

A man has been charged in relation to the death of a toddler in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Ciaran Lane (24) appeared in court in relation to the death of a young girl in the popular park around six months ago. 

Lane, with an address at Ashington Avenue in Cabra, was charged with dangerous driving, dangerous driving causing death and driving under the influence of an intoxicant. 

The latter charge of driving under the influence of an intoxicant refers to being under the influence of drugs. 

The alleged offences occurred at several places on Easter Monday; Ratra Triangle in the Pheonix Park, Ashtown Grove and a Tesco car park in Cabra. 

Mr Lane is alleged to have been driving dangerously causing the death of one-year-old Venessa Siatka. The toddler suffered serious head injuries in an incident at the Phoenix Park on 6 April. 

She had been enjoying a sunny day in the popular Dublin park with her mother when she was struck by a car that failed to remain at the scene. 

Emergency services were called and she was rushed to Temple Street Hospital. However, doctors were unable to save her and she passed away the following morning. 

The post-mortem examination was carried out by acting deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan. A preliminary report found that the toddler died after suffering 'severe head injuries'. 

No plea has yet been lodged by the defendant. 

The 24-year-old father-of-one was granted bail under strict conditions. He is expected to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice on 25 November, when he will be served with the Book of Evidence. 

Speaking at an inquest into her death, Venessa's father Lukasz Siatka said she had been a happy girl. 

''She was a happy, smiley little girl. If I had a bad day in work it all disappeared when I walked through the door. She made our troubles disappear. She was beautiful. A beautiful little girl.''