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Tragic loss Gardai say dog involved in attack on baby Mia has been 'destroyed' as post-mortem completed

The child was fatally injured by the family pet at a residence in Clashmore, Co. Waterford in the early hours of Monday morning

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Garda forensic officers at the house in Clashmore, Co Waterford, where the baby girl died. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Garda forensic officers at the house in Clashmore, Co Waterford, where the baby girl died. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Garda forensic officers at the house in Clashmore, Co Waterford, where the baby girl died. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

A post-mortem examination on tragic three-month-old Mia O’Connell has been completed and the dog involved in the tragedy has been put down, gardai have revealed..

The child was fatally injured by the family pet at a residence in Clashmore, Co. Waterford in the early hours of Monday morning, 7th June 2021.

The little girl, named locally as Mia O’Connell, was asleep upstairs in the bedroom of the house when her aunt, who was visiting the home, found her badly injured.

Mia’s mother Ella Wood, and grandparents Noirin O’Connell and Barry Dillon were all downstairs when it is understood the dog, a terrier cross, went into the room in which the baby was sleeping.

The baby was treated by gardaí and paramedics at the scene before being rushed to Cork University Hospital.

She was later pronounced dead from her injuries, shortly after 3am.

A garda spokesperson said that the dog “involved in the incident has now been destroyed.”

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Gardaí at the scene

Gardaí at the scene

Gardaí at the scene

The post-mortem was administered by Assistant State Pathologist, Dr. Margaret Bolster. The results of the examination will not be released for operational reasons.

Following the post-mortem, gardaí are preparing an investigation file for an inquest by the County Coroner.

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A family liaison officer has been appointed to the family to support them at this tragic time.

An Garda Síochána, on behalf of the family, continues to appeal for the privacy of the three-month-old infant girl, and the privacy of the family, to be respected at this time.


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