Injured man to be quizzed over death of 11-month-old baby

A Garda technical crime investigation is currently taking place at the scene
A Garda technical crime investigation is currently taking place at the scene

A man is to be interviewed by detectives over the death of an 11-month-old baby boy.

Gardai said a post-mortem examination is to be carried out on the infant's body and forensic examinations will take place in the apartment in Killarney, Co Kerry, where he was discovered on Sunday evening.

The alarm was raised by the baby's mother shortly before 6pm on Sunday when she returned home from work at a hotel in the town.

She is understood to be originally from Poland and is in her 20s.

Gardai said the man they wish to interview had been with the baby during the day and was found in the apartment with serious injuries.

He is in his 30s and also believed to be from Poland.

He was taken to Kerry University Hospital in Tralee on Sunday evening and was said to be in a stable condition on Monday.

Gardai said emergency services were called to the Park Place apartment complex in Upper High Street , near Killarney town centre, when the discovery was made.

The baby boy was treated at the scene by paramedics but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Dr Margaret Bolster, of the State Pathologist's Office, carried out a preliminary examination of the baby's body and the apartment on Sunday evening.

Specialist forensic officers and scenes of crime experts have also been dispatched to the apartment complex.

The baby's body remained in the apartment overnight but was removed from the home today.

It is understood the injured man will be interviewed by garda detectives when hospital doctors give the go-ahead.

Local superintendent Flor Murphy said the post mortem findings will drive their inquiry.

"Yesterday evening at about six o'clock, gardaí and emergency services came to an apartment here where they found the body of an 11-month-old boy," he said.

"Also in the apartment was a seriously injured male and that male was taken to Kerry University Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

"The scene was immediately preserved here last night, the death was pronounced and the body of the young infant has just been taken from the scene where a postmortem will be conducted later this evening and that will dictate the progress and course of the investigations."

He also said Gardaí will work in conjunction with Polish authorities to establish an inquiry.

"Like with any other investigation, we will be utilising all of our resources and avenues of inquiry and people with relevant skills and languages to progress the investigation."