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Understanding Kerry mother appeals for more resources for mental health after baby-snatch attempt

'She [the woman] was clearly unwell' Monika said

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A Kerry mother has appealed for more resources for mental health in Ireland after a woman attempted to snatch her baby in Tralee yesterday.

Monika, the mother, who has received praise locally for her compassion and understanding, spoke to Radio Kerry, and appealed for more resources for mental health in Ireland.

“She [the woman] was clearly unwell,” Monika said.

A woman is currently being detained under the Mental Health Act after twice attempting to snatch a one-year-old boy from his buggy.

The mother of the child has described how she was pushing her buggy along the North Circular Road when first approached by a woman who she felt was suffering from some kind of trauma.

The mother of the boy called for an ambulance.

The second attempt occurred in Dunnes Stores and staff came to the assistance of the mother and child.

Gardaí attended the scene of an incident on the North Circular Road, Tralee, Co Kerry, at around 12.30pm yesterday.

"A woman was arrested by Gardaí under the Mental Health Act, 2018, and continues to receive medical attention," Gardaí said.

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