A BABY girl died in the early hours of this morning after being attacked by a dog in the family home in Co Waterford.
The infant, who was born in February, was asleep in a bedroom when the horrific attack happened.
It’s understood the three-month-old suffered horrendous injuries and was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.
The emergency services were alerted and paramedic and Gardai rushed to the house in Clashmore, County Waterford.
Shocked paramedics fought to save the child and she was declared dead in after being rushed to Cork University Hospital at around 3am.
The baby’s mum is said to be distraught, as family members rallied around her to support her.
A post mortem examination is expected to take place at CUH later today.
The terraced house in the village has been sealed off for a forensic examination by Gardai from the Garda Forensic Unit.
The terrible tragedy is being investigated by Gardai in Dungarvan who are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
COMMUNITY IN SHOCK
Fr Milo Guiry, who is administrator of the parish that encompasses the village of Clashmore, said local people were in shock.
He said: “This was a young baby, it’s terribly, terribly sad.”
Fr Guiry said the parish would be offering support to the family involved.
He added: “We offer our sympathy and our support to the family at this terrible time for them.”
Mayor of Waterford, Damien Geoghegan, said the local community had been stunned by the “awful and terrible” incident.
“It was very sad news to wake up to this morning that a three-month-old child had lost her life in such tragic circumstances,” he said.
“It has rocked the community here in west Waterford and particularly in the village of Clashmore, which is a lovely, quiet, rural village in west Waterford.
“My sympathies certainly go to the family and everybody’s thoughts and prayers will be with them in the coming days and weeks and months ahead.
“People are just stunned today at the news – everybody is just really, really saddened.”
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A Garda spokesman said: “Gardai 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 this morning, 7th June 2021.
“Gardai and paramedics treated the infant at the scene until she was taken to Cork University Hospital. She was pronounced deceased a short time later.
“An Garda Siochana are appealing to the media and public to respect the privacy of the family at this time.”