Death of two-year-old girl treated as ‘suspicious’

Girl with serious head injuries taken to Cork hospital after gardaí called to apartment

State Pathologist Margaret Bolster enters Elderwood Apartments, Boreenamanna Road, Cork where a two-year-old girl was found seriously injured. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gardaí are treating as suspicious the death of a two-year-old girl found with serious head injuries in a Cork apartment in the early hours of Friday.

The girl was rushed to Cork University Hospital after gardaí were called to the apartment at Elderwood Park on the Boreenmanna Road at about 5.30am. The toddler died at about 11am.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carried out a preliminary examination of the apartment at midday before proceeding to CUH to carry out a postmortem.

Garda sources said the child had suffered serious and traumatic injuries to the head.


Gardaí said the course of their investigation would be determined by the findings of Dr Bolster’s postmortem examination but last night said they were not releasing the postmortem results for operational reasons.

“We’re not releasing the results of the postmortem but this is going to be a slow burner,” a source said. “We’re treating the death as suspicious and all possibilities are on the table and all remain open for investigation.”

It’s understood the alarm was raised at about 5.30am when a neighbour in the four-storey complex was contacted by the child’s father to say his daughter had been injured. The man was in an apartment on the second floor with his partner.

Gardaí are liaising with Tusla as part of their investigation into the child’s death.

Report of noise

It also emerged that gardaí had been called to Elderwood complex earlier in the night at about 4am following a report of noise but they were unable to gain access. It is understood there was no mention of a child in that earlier report and, not hearing any disturbance, officers left the scene.

Gardaí were first on the scene, following the second call, and a former member of the Regional Support Unit, who had paramedic training, tried to stabilise the child until paramedics arrived.

The scene was cordoned off to allow forensic investigators carry out a technical examination and they later seized two cars from the complex .

Gardaí also carried out door-to-door inquiries in the Elderwood complex and surrounding areas and officer have also been examining CCTV footage from the area.

Anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the Elderwood Park area between 4am and 6am is asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda station on 021-452200.

Barry Roche

Barry Roche

Barry Roche is Southern Correspondent of The Irish Times