TRAGIC BABY ALAN­NAH IS TO BE LAID TO REST

Weeks-old baby girl found at Greenstar re­cy­cling plant

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THE re­mains of an in­fant found in Bray will be buried in an ec­u­meni­cal cer­e­mony in the com­ing days.

Work­ers at Greenstar found the de­ceased baby while sort­ing re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als at the Fas­saroe plant last Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Gar­dai closely in­volved with the case chose the name ‘Alan­nah’ for the baby girl. The name is Ir­ish and means ‘dar­ling child’.

Based on a post-mortem that was car­ried out last week, gar­daí do not be­lieve that the baby was de­lib­er­ately harmed.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Pat Ward has made a fresh ap­peal for the mother of the child to come for­ward.

He ap­pealed to the mother or any­one con­nected to her who is aware of her iden­tity to con­tact ei­ther the gar­dai in Bray at 01 6665300, the garda con­fi­den­tial line at 1800 6661111, or any Garda sta­tion.

BABY Alan­nah, whose re­mains were dis­cov­ered in Bray last week, will be laid to rest in Grey­stones in the com­ing days.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Pat Ward said that gar­daí closely in­volved with the case had cho­sen a name for the baby girl.

The name is of celtic ori­gin and means ‘dar­ling child’.

Her body was found at a re­cy­cling plant at Greenstar in Fas­saroe, Bray, last Wed­nes­day morn­ing at ap­prox­i­mately 11 a.m.

Supt Ward said that he is ‘very con­cerned’ about the mother of the baby girl. The child was just weeks old at the time of her death.

‘Given the re­sults of the post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion, we are sat­is­fied that mum needs help, both in terms of her own phys­i­cal health and psy­cho­log­i­cal health.’

He said that ar­range­ments are be­ing made for a burial cer­e­mony for Baby Alan­nah and that they will be fi­nalised this week.

He said that the gar­daí con­nected with the case had them­selves been deeply af­fected by the cir­cum­stances of the find­ing of the baby.

Supt Ward said that while the mem­bers of staff at Greenstar, as well as mem­bers of An Garda Siochana, were dis­tressed by what had hap­pened, they were all re­ceiv­ing the nec­es­sary sup­ports in the wake of the tragedy and re­cov­er­ing from the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

While one per­son work­ing at sort­ing re­cy­clable waste at Greenstar made the ini­tial dis­cov­ery, a team of work­ers were present when he raised the alarm.

He had ini­tially mis­taken the child for a doll.

‘ There is no in­di­ca­tion where the baby may have come from,’ said Supt Ward. ‘ That fa­cil­ity takes in waste from all over the coun­try. Any ap­peal we are mak­ing is be­ing made coun­try­wide.’

He ap­pealed to the mother or any­one con­nected to her who is aware of her iden­tity to con­tact ei­ther the gar­daí in Bray on (01) 6665300, the garda con­fi­den­tial line on 1800 666 111, or any garda sta­tion.

‘ They may not nec­es­sar­ily wish to come to our­selves,’ he added.

A helpline for the child and fam­ily agency has been set up and can be reached on (076) 6958400.

The post mortem re­vealed that the child was not de­lib­er­ately killed and that she was born some weeks ear­lier than was orig­i­nally thought.

‘ There is noth­ing to sug­gest de­lib­er­ate in­juries were caused to the baby,’ said Supt Ward in a state­ment.

‘It is con­firmed that the baby is fe­male and cau­casian.’

‘I am avail­able here at Bray Garda Sta­tion to help the mum and dad of this baby girl and if they would con­tact me or Sergeant Sor­cha Fitz­patrick here at Bray Garda Sta­tion we will deal with any con­tact with us dis­creetly and sen­si­tively,’ he said. He also ap­pealed for any­one con­nected to the mum and dad, like any friends or fam­ily mem­bers who may have in­for­ma­tion, how­ever small, to get in touch.

An in­ci­dent room has been es­tab­lished at Bray Garda Sta­tion and Gar­daí are li­ais­ing with the Health Ser­vice Ex­ec­u­tive.

Mem­bers of the Garda Tech­ni­cal Bureau ex­am­in­ing the pile of re­cy­cling where the re­mains were found.

The body is re­moved from the scene in a small, white cof­fin.

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