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Gardaí call in expert witness to assist investigation into 10-week old Longford baby’s death

Doriana Kluska was discovered with serious injuries at her home at Aghnagore, Cloondara, Longford before she was rushed to hospital.

Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Seán McCárthaighSunday World

Gardaí have called in an overseas expert witness as part of the investigation into the death of a 10-week old baby girl from a head injury in Longford over five years ago.

The revelation was made at a brief sitting of an inquest into the death of Doriana Kluska at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin on June 4, 2017.

The infant had been discovered with serious injuries at her home at Aghnagore, Cloondara, Longford before she was rushed to hospital.

Detective Inspector John Costello told a hearing of Dublin City Coroner’s Court on Tuesday that the investigation into the death of the baby girl was “ongoing and active.”

He informed the coroner, Clare Keane, that investigators were consulting with an external expert witness from outside the jurisdiction in order to seek their “guidance and opinion.”

“The investigation is progressing pretty well,” said Det Insp Costello.

He explained that “anomalies” had been discovered in the file on the case which had led gardaí to consult an expert witness.

Det Insp Costello said Doriana’s family had been updated on progress in the investigation.

The coroner granted an application by Det Insp Costello for a further six-month adjournment of the inquest under Section 25 of the Coroners Act which relates to cases where criminal proceedings are being considered.

An earlier sitting of the coroner’s court in July 2017 heard that baby Doriana had died as a result of a bleed to the brain.

A post-mortem conducted by the chief State pathologist, Linda Mulligan, showed the little girl had suffered an acute subdural haemorrhage.

The baby’s body was formally identified to gardaí by her mother, Donata Pleszynska at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

Doriana is survived by her parents, Donata and Lukasz, brothers and sister.

In May 2018, a man in his early 30s and a female in her early 20s were arrested in relation to the baby’s death.

However, they were later released without charge after being questioned at Longford Garda Station for 24 hours.


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