Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances after a female infant, aged 3 months, was fatally injured by a dog at a residence in Clashmore, Co.Waterford in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Gardaí and paramedics treated the infant at the scene until she was taken to Cork University Hospital. She was pronounced deceased shortly after 3.15am. A post- mortem examination will be carried out at Cork University Hospital tomorrow.
The horrific tragedy happened on early Monday morning while the infant girl, named locally as Mia O’Connell, was asleep in her bedroom. The dog, a mixed breed and not on the restricted list of animals, is understood to have set upon the infant after the pet went upstairs after 2am.
Fr Milo Guiry of Ardmore, whose parish encompasses the village of Clashmore, said that it was a “terrible tragedy.” “We will keep the family in our prayers. Every support will be offered to them”, he said.
An Garda Síochána are appealing to the media and public to respect the privacy of the family at this time.