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Six-week-old baby girl remains in hospital with severe head injuries after suspected assault

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
The gardai are investigating the alleged assault
The gardai are investigating the alleged assault

A six-week-old baby girl remains in hospital with severe head injuries caused by a suspected assault .

A man aged in his early 30s who was subsequently arrested by gardaí in Galway and questioned about the alleged assault was later released without charge.

It is understood the baby was taken to hospital in the Galway city area on Monday.

She was initially brought to University Hospital Galway (UHG) but after receiving initial treatment, it was decided that the child required further care at a different hospital.

She was later rushed to Dublin’s Temple Street Hospital in an ambulance which was given a garda escort along the M6 motorway. 

The investigation is being led by gardaí at Mill Street Garda Station in Galway city.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and gardaí are attempting to establish exactly what happened to the victim before the alleged assault was brought to their attention.

"This is a very serious and sensitive case. The child was badly hurt," a source said.

"There were very distressing scenes at those hospitals this week. There was a notable garda presence after the child was brought there," the source added.