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Gardai rescue boy (6) from house after shocking abuse footage posted online

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
The boy is now in the care of the State after Gardai and social workers rescued him
The boy is now in the care of the State after Gardai and social workers rescued him

Gardai executed a care order for a young boy in Tipperary following a Europol investigation into child pornography across Europe.

The six-year-old boy is now in the care of the State after Gardai rescued him from his parents' home.

Together with social workers, Gardai took the boy from his parents after an investigation into child pornography by Europol. 

The care order was made at a district court hearing in County Tipperary last week. It also involved an urgent medical examination of the boy. 

A social worker with the Child and Family Agency told the court Gardaí contacted her office on Monday (March, 24) with concerns a boy was being sexually abused at a home.

She said Gardai informed her the house was to be searched for any incriminating evidence of abuse. There was video footage of the abuse posted online.

The investigation was prompted by Europol suspicions a boy was being abused at the home in Tipperary. They communicated to the Garda Paedophile Investigations Unit in December 2014 their suspicions, and an investigation traced an internet provider to the home in question. 

After obtaining a search warrant, Gardai and social workers searched the property and found the boy - who was identified as the child - being abused in the sick videos. They identified a number of items, “implements and blankets”, which could be seen in the disturbing videos posted online. 

The boy was immediately taken into care by the social workers present.

The court heard investigating officers believed there was an immediate risk to the child, and he was taken from his parents and placed in foster care.