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Tragic death Locals in Waterford village 'devastated' after baby girl killed in 'dog attack'

Emergency services attended the scene and rushed the three-month-old to Cork University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Locals in a picturesque Waterford village are in shock after a baby girl died in a suspected dog attack.

The incident occurred in the child’s home in Clashmore in the west of the county in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services attended the scene and rushed the three-month-old to Cork University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Independent Councillor Séamus O’Donnell, from Old Parish in Dungarvan, said the whole community has been left reeling by the tragedy.

“Clashmore is a very close-knit, rural town, it's a lovely place,” he told the Sunday World.

“The whole of west Waterford is shocked this morning."

One resident said she had just seen the tot out with her grandmother in the village yesterday.

“I was just speaking to a woman who is close to the tragedy, she told me the dog went up into the room and killed the baby," Cllr O'Donnell said.

“She had just seen the grandmother out walking the dog and the young baby yesterday, they live in the village.

“It is awful, it’s a terrible tragedy for the mother and for the whole family, it’s very sad.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with the entire family."

Speaking this morning, Waterford City & Council Mayor, Damien Geoghegan said the town is left ‘devastated’ by the news.

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“People are very shocked. It’s very upsetting, on a bank holiday morning to hear such tragic news from Clashmore,” Mr Geoghegan said.

“Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of the little child involved.

“Clashmore is a lovely little village in west Waterford, close to Youghal, close to the Cork border.

“It’s a lovely, picturesque place and people in west Waterford are just devastated at the news breaking this morning.”

Gardaí from Dungarvan said they are investigating all circumstances in relation to the tragedy and the scene at the house has been preserved for examination.

A postmortem examination is due to be carried out and it is understood that a file will be sent to the Coroners' Court.

A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances after a female infant, aged three months, was fatally injured by a dog at a residence in Clashmore, Co Waterford in the early hours of this morning, June 7 2021.

"Gardaí and paramedics treated the infant at the scene until she was taken to Cork University Hospital. She was pronounced deceased a short time later.

"An Garda Síochána are appealing to the media and public to respect the privacy of the family at this time."

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