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'Family tragedy' No signs of violence at home where baby boy was found dead in Dublin

Earlier the body of the boy’s mother was discovered at Lower Road, Strawberry Beds, after the traumatised woman jumped from the M50 toll bridge at around 3.45am today.

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Shackleton Way in Lucan, Co Dublin.

Shackleton Way in Lucan, Co Dublin.

Mark Condren

Shackleton Way in Lucan, Co Dublin.

Gardai observed no signs of violence or any obvious evidence of a violent death when they carried out a detailed forensic examination of a property in west Dublin in which the body of a seven-month old baby boy was discovered this morning.

Earlier the body of the boy’s mother was discovered at Lower Road, Strawberry Beds, after the traumatised woman jumped from the M50 toll bridge at around 3.45am today.

She had been seen behaving erratically on the bridge after driving to it and getting out of her car.

Gardai investigating this terrible tragedy found that the car was registered to an address at Shackleton Way in nearby Lucan.

It is understood that when they called to the property, the woman’s partner was asleep and he was awoken by the officers.

Then the baby’s body was discovered in the house. The devastated man had been unaware that the little child was deceased.

“An examination of the scene showed no signs of violence and a postmortem which is being conducted on the child’s body this afternoon will determine the course of this investigation,” a senior source said.

“Nothing unusual was observed in the property when gardai examined it,” the source added.

It is understood there were no other children present in the house which is located on the outskirts of Lucan.

A post-mortem on the woman’s body is due to take place tomorrow morning at Dublin City Morgue.

Gardai say that they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the tragic deaths with the infant’s death being currently described as “unexplained.”

This afternoon garda specialists continued to examine the property on Shackleton Way while detectives carried out door-to-door enquiries.

Gardai announced details of the tragedy this afternoon.

“Gardaí are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a woman on the Lower Road, Strawberry Beds, Lucan, Co. Dublin and the unexplained death of an infant boy in a house in Lucan Co. Dublin on 22nd October, 2020,” a garda spokesman said.

“At approximately 3.45am on 22nd October, 2020 following reports of a pedestrian seen acting suspiciously at the M50 (toll plaza) bridge, Gardaí discovered the body of a woman at Lower Road, Strawberry Beds.

“Following this incident Gardaí went to a house in Lucan where an 7-month-old baby boy was found in an unresponsive condition. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

“An incident room has be established at Lucan Garda Station and a Technical examination of the scene has taken place. The Coroner and Office of the State Pathologist have been notified.

“The body of the infant has been removed to Crumlin Hospital and the body of the woman has been removed to the City Morgue where post-mortem examinations will be carried out.

“The results of post-mortem examinations will determine the course of Garda investigations.

“At this stage investigating Gardaí are treating these incidents as a family tragedy and are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths,” he explained.

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