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Baby Mia O'Connell who died in pet dog attack to be laid to rest today 

  • Three-month-old baby girl will be buried after a private service today
  • Baby had been asleep in basket when she was attacked by pet dog in the early hours of Monday morning
  • Dog – a husky-terrier cross – was put down on Monday evening

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Gardai at the house in Clashmore, Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA).

Gardai at the house in Clashmore, Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA).

Gardai at the house in Clashmore, Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA).

A three-month-old baby girl who died in a horrific dog attack will be buried after a private service today.

A post mortem examination conducted on little Mia O’Connell revealed she died from head and neck injuries consistent with being attacked by a dog. She had been asleep in a baby basket in the double bed of her mother’s bedroom.

Mia was discovered in a critical condition in a property at Clashmore, Co Waterford, in the early hours of Monday morning.

The horrific discovery was made by her aunt who had gone to check on her in an upstairs bedroom at around 2am. It is unclear how the dog gained access to the bedroom.

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Gardai at a property in Clashmore, Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai at a property in Clashmore, Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai at a property in Clashmore, Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA)


Other family members, including her grandparents Noirin and Barry, were present in the house and the relatives immediately raised the alarm.

Paramedics and gardaí raced to the scene and rushed the infant to Cork University Hospital.

Tragically, Mia was pronounced dead at CUH at 3am on Monday, shortly after she was admitted.

Gardaí confirmed that the dog involved was put down on Monday evening. The dog was then examined as part of the investigation, which will see a file prepared for the Cork Coroner.

The animal a family pet was a husky-terrier cross.

Following the post mortem examination conducted by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster at Cork University Hospital (CUH) on Tuesday afternoon, Mia’s body was released back to her mother Ella.

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A private prayer service was planned for the family home in Clashmore on Tuesday evening.

Mia will be buried today following a private service at a funeral home in Youghal in east Cork.

Mia’s devastated mother was last night being comforted by family, friends and neighbours.

Her partner and Mia’s father, Rhys O’Connell, was away from home on Monday.

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