DNA tests to be carried out on baby found last week

The scene where the baby was found on Friday
The scene where the baby was found on Friday

The Child and Family Agency, Tusla, today obtained an interim care order for the newborn baby girl found on the side of a road last week.

The baby, named Maria, was discovered wrapped in a blue towel inside a black plastic bag and a paper Marks and Spencer Bag when she was found on the Steelstown Road four days ago.

The order for the interim care order was issued by a Judge Brendan Toale at the Family Court in Dublin. 

Judge Brendan Toale said he was satisfied that Baby Maria was found by the roadside and there had been no contact by the parents.

He said the child had suffered some adverse effects by being left in the open and she required care and attention.

He said provision now had to be made for the child's medical needs and granted the interim care order for the next 28 days.

Significant efforts have been made to establish contact with the mother of the baby, the court heard. Judge Toale was told that a social worker had made contact with Gardai just half an hour before and no news was to be reported. 

The solicitor for Tusla, Patrick McClean, said that a DNA test would assist in establishing parentage of the baby. Gardaí will compare this with the data base to ensure the mother is actually the biological parent if and when she comes forward.

The baby could be healthy enough to be discharged from hospital shortly, after which she is likely to be placed in short-term foster care.

Anyone with information regarding the mother and/or the newborn child or who may have been in the vicinity of Steelstown Road are urged to contact gardaí at Clondalkin on 01 6667600, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.