Inquest hears Cork toddler died from 'traumatic' injuries 

Inquest hears Cork toddler died from 'traumatic' injuries 
Two-year-old Santina Cawley who was killed in an apartment in Cork in July. 

TODDLER Santina Cawley died from traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries, an inquest into her death has been told.

The inquest was opened at Cork Coroner's Court this morning into the death of the two-year-old on July 5 this year.

Bridget O'Donoghue, mother of murdered two-year-old girl Santina Cawley pictured at Cork coroners Court. Pic Cork Courts
Bridget O'Donoghue, mother of murdered two-year-old girl Santina Cawley pictured at Cork coroners Court. Pic Cork Courts

She died hours after being rushed to Cork University Hospital with serious injuries from an apartment at the Elderwood complex on Boreenmanna Road.

Dr Margaret Bolster told this morning's inquest that the cause of death, in her opinion, was traumatic brain injury and an upper cervical spinal cord injury, together with polytrauma, due to blunt force trauma and fracture of long bones.

The court heard that a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Coroner Philip Comyn agreed to an indefinite adjournment in the inquest.

The grave of Santina Cawley at St Catherine's cemetery, Kilcully.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
The grave of Santina Cawley at St Catherine's cemetery, Kilcully.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Santina's mother Bridget and father Michael were both in court for the hearing.

A woman has been charged in connection with the case.

Santina was laid to rest in St Catherine's cemetery in Kilcully.

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