Gardaí now treating the death of Cork toddler as a murder investigation

Gardaí now treating the death of Cork toddler as a murder investigation
The garda presence at Elderwood, Boreenmanna Road, Cork.Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The death of a two-year-old girl in Cork yesterday is being treated as murder.

Gardaí remained at Elderwood apartment complex on Boreenmanna Road this morning as they continued their probe into the death of the infant.

Two cars have been seized by gardai and are being examined as part of the investigation.

A post mortem examination by Dr Margot Bolster was concluded late last night. 

Gardaí said this morning they would not be releasing the results of the post mortem but have begun a murder investigation. 

Gardai are also hoping the examination of the cars will help them progress their investigation in how and why the little girl sustained her fatal injuries.

The garda investigation was sparked after neighbours called the emergency services after hearing a disturbance at the apartment where the little girl lived at around 5am. 

One neighbour reported being woken up by screaming while another said he was awoken by emergency services rushing to the scene.

The toddler was found with head injuries. Members of the National Ambulance Service and Cork City Fire Service also joined gardai at the scene, where the little girl was first worked on before being removed to hospital. 

She was rushed to Cork University Hospital where all efforts were made to save her life. However, she was pronounced dead before 10am yesterday.

A man and a woman were in the apartment and have spoken to gardai, as have a number of other people. Gardai said that no arrests were made as part of the probe.

That apartment and another one in the Elderwood complex were sealed off throughout yesterday to allow forensics teams to carry out examinations at both.

Door to door enquiries were also conducted throughout yesterday in the area as gardai tried to piece together what led to the little girl’s death.

Gardaí are appealing to any person who was in the Elderwood apartment complex between 4pm yesterday and 6am today, who has not already spoken to Gardaí to come forward. Anyone with information can contact

Gardaí at Anglesea Street Station on 021 452 2000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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