Santina's mother pens note to murdered daughter: 'My heart is broken'

Santina's mother pens note to murdered daughter: 'My heart is broken'
Among the floral tributes and teddy bears for Santina Cawley, at the Elderwood Complex, Boreenmanna Road, was a note from her mother.Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE mother of murdered toddler Santina Cawley left a simple note to her daughter, saying: “My heart is broken for what happened to you.”

A growing number of floral tributes and teddy bears have been left outside the Elderwood apartment complex on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork City where two-year-old Santina was found with devastating injuries last Friday morning.

Two-year-old Santina CawleyPic from Provision
Two-year-old Santina CawleyPic from Provision

Among the many tributes are flowers and a note from Santina’s mum, Bridget, which read: “To my loving beautiful daughter Santina, my heart is broken for what happened to you.”

The note was signed from Bridget and Santina’s brothers and sisters.

Santina was found in a critical condition at the Elderwood complex shortly after 5am last Friday. She was rushed to hospital but later died from her injuries.

A murder investigation was launched on Saturday following a post-mortem examination on the toddler’s body.

The child’s father and his partner were in the apartment with Santina when emergency services were called to the scene in the early hours of Friday morning.

Santina’s mother was not there at the time.

A woman in her 30s was arrested on Monday morning and has been released without charge.

Floral tributes and Teddy Bears for Santina Cawley, at the Elderwood Complex, Boreenmanna Road, Cork.Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Floral tributes and Teddy Bears for Santina Cawley, at the Elderwood Complex, Boreenmanna Road, Cork.Picture: Jim Coughlan.

A Garda spokesperson said that a file is now being prepared for the DPP and investigations are ongoing.

A fundraising campaign has been set up to help Santina’s family cover funeral costs.

The GoFundMe campaign, set up by Cork’s Red FM, surpassed its goal of €8,000 just hours after being set up.

The campaign was established after Mary, a family friend, told the Neil Prendeville Show that Santina’s mother had started planning her daughter’s funeral but would be unable to pay for it.

“I was just ringing to see could anyone help out towards the cost of the funeral because she hasn’t got any money,” she said.

“Just to help out in any way possible. It’s a very hard thing to do,” she added.

“You get a lump in your throat talking about it.

“Anyone with children, their hearts are going out to the family.”

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