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Gardai to excavate garden in search for bodies of newborn babies

Gardai to excavate garden in search for bodies of newborn babies

A major garda search operation will begin next week at a home in west Dublin which is at the centre of allegations of the killings of two newborn babies.

A 53-year-old woman has alleged that she was raped by her father and another man at a west Dublin home when she was a teenager.

She is alleging that she gave birth to two babies when she was aged 12 and 14, but that these were killed by her mother and buried in the garden.

The woman reported her allegations to the gardai, and gardai at Sundrive Road are now investigating.

Gardai wish to speak to the woman's mother, who is now in her 90's, as part of their investigation.

The woman's father has died.

The excavation at the house is expected to take up to two or three weeks, a garda spokeperson said tonight.

A source said “This investigation has been ongoing for some time, as it’s a historical case it takes longer than normal to corroborate details.

“The case is being dealt with by local officers from Sundrive Road, backed up by national divisions who specialise in crimes of a sexual nature as well as those of a historical nature.

“Despite the alleged crimes having been committed a number of decades ago, the investigation is very much live, and as with all cases detectives will have to investigate all the evidence before deciding on what way to progress.”

In a statement tonight, a garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí at Crumlin Garda Station are investigating an allegation regarding the death of a new born infant that occurred in the 1970’s. As part of that investigation a search warrant was executed at an address in south Dublin this evening.

The result of the excavation at the home will determine the future direction of the garda investigation, the spokesperson said.