Gardai in Ardee are continuing to investigate how a 10 week old baby girl suffered serious injuries in the town earlier this week – leaving her fighting for her life in a Dublin hospital.
The child suffered broken bones and a very serious head injury after the incident which is believed to have occured on Bridge Street in Ardee on Monday night. The two-and-a-half month old, born on New Years Eve, was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda before being later transferred to Temple Street in Dublin.
Family members are at the child’s beside in Dublin. Gardai have spoken to the child’s parents and are conducting further inquiries, having already taken possession of CCTV from the area.
The Irish Independent report that one line of inquiry the Gardai are following is that the baby fell out of a pram. However, it is believed that investigators are not ruling out anything. It is not unusual for Gardai to investigate incidents in which young infants suffer injuries.
The newspaper also claim that officers are looking into the possibility that the baby was thrown from her pram on the Bridge Street area when the man pushing the pram was knocked over by three men who approached him on the street, close to the River Dee.
The possibility that the baby fell from a stairwell is also being looked in as the Gardai try to establish what happened.
No arrests have yet been made in the investigation but a technical examination has been undertaken at the child’s home – an apartment.
“I’d like to wish the baby a speedy recovery,” Ardee Municipal District cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue told the Irish Daily Mirror on Wednesday.
“Everyone is very upset about what’s happened and sorry for all involved. It’s a very sad day for the entire community and all we can hope for is a positive outcome.”