Kerry Baby Investigation Relaunched After Murdered Infant’s Body Exhumed

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The grave of Baby John in the Holy Cross cemetery in Caherciveen, Co Kerry (Credit: Domnick Walsh)

Gardaí in Kerry have launched a new appeal for information surrounding the murder of a baby in Kerry in 1984.

Investigating Gardaí continue to believe that there are members of the public who have information in relation to the death of Baby John in April 1984 and are appealing to those people to come forward. When he was found dead on the rocks at White Strand near Cahersiveen in 1984, the tiny infant had 28 stab wounds.  

Investigating Gardaí  can be contacted at Killarney Garda Station, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. Yesterday the remains of Baby John  also known as the Kerry Baby were exhumed by Gardaí at Holy Cross Cemetery, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry and taken to the morgue at University Hospital Kerry, Tralee, Co. Kerry for examination as part of the ongoing investigation.  

The development comes following the results of a tribunal into the infamous Kerry Baby Case. This led to the State issuing an apology to Joanne Hayes and her family in 2018 and the payment of 2.5 million in damages to the family in respect of how they were treated by Garda in the 1980s.