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Post-mortem completed on baby girl from Waterford who died in a dog attack

WATERFORD: A post-mortem was completed yesterday on the body of a three-month-old baby girl who died in a dog attack in County Waterford. The dog involved in the incident has been put down, gardaí said.

The post-mortem was administered by Assistant State Pathologist, Dr. Margaret Bolster, and the results will not be made public for “operational reasons”.

Following the post-mortem, a garda spokesman said that “An Garda Síochána’s focus is on the preparation of an investigation file for an inquest by the County Coroner.”

Mia O’Connell, the baby girl, was sleeping in her bedroom when the tragic incident occurred early Monday morning. A family dog entered the room and caused her serious injuries. “The baby suffered devastating head injuries in the attack. It is believed the dog came into the room sometime after midnight and carried out the attack,” a source said.

Gardai and paramedics arrived at the scene and treated the infant before taking her to Cork University Hospital. However, she was pronounced dead shortly after 3.15am.

Gardai have said that they will continue to support Mia’s family and have assigned a garda family liaison officer to the family.

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