Baby girl mauled to death by pet terrier was discovered by aunt

Three-month-old baby girl mauled to death by pet terrier was discovered by her aunt who went to check on her sleeping and found her horrifically wounded

  • Mia O’Connell was attacked in her bedroom on Monday in Co. Waterford
  • Her aunt went to check on her sleeping when she discovered the savaged baby  
  • She sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to hospital in Cork 
  • The girl was pronounced dead at Cork University Hospital after 3.15am 

The three-month-old girl mauled to death by her pet terrier on Monday was discovered by her aunt who went upstairs to check on her sleeping.

Mia O’Connell, from the village of Clashmore in County Waterford, Ireland, was in her bedroom when the dog attacked her in the early hours of Monday morning.

The baby, who was born in February to Rhys O’Connell and Ella Wood, sustained serious head injuries before she was discovered by her aunt at 2am.

The three-month-old girl mauled to death by her pet terrier on Monday was discovered by her aunt who went upstairs to check on her sleeping

Police officers outside the home in Clashmore, County Waterford, on Monday

Ms Wood, who is in her 20s, and Mia’s grandparents, Noirin O’Connell and Barry Dillon, were all downstairs when the savage attack took place.

Mr O’Connell was not in the house at the time, according to the Irish Independent.

Police and paramedics treated the infant at the scene before she was rushed to Cork University Hospital, around 40 miles away.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital after 3.15am. 

It is understood the family had recently moved from Youghal, a seaside town across the Cork border. 

Police are investigating the death of an infant after she was mauled to death at this home in Clashmore in the early hours of Monday

Mia’s home in the village was cordoned off on Monday as police continued their investigations.  

A post-mortem will be carried out on the body of the child at Cork University Hospital today. 

A neighbour said they had seen Mia with the dog and her grandmother the day before the attack. 

Fellow Clashmore resident Pat Flavin told RTE: ‘You hear this kind of thing on television but you don’t expect it to happen here. 

A post-mortem will be carried out on the body of the child at Cork University Hospital today

‘There are about 1,800 people in this area. It is a small place. Everyone will support them and do what they can for them.’

Justice Minister Heather Humphreys said: ‘This is an absolutely awful situation, to think that your little baby’s life has been lost in such terrible, terrible circumstances.’

Father Milo Guiry, who is administrator of the parish that encompasses the village of Clashmore, said local people were in shock.

‘This was a young baby, it’s terribly, terribly sad,’ he said.

Father Guiry said the parish would be offering support to the family involved.

‘We offer our sympathy and our support to the family at this terrible time for them,’ he said.

Mayor of Waterford, Damien Geoghegan, said the local community had been stunned by the ‘awful and terrible’ incident.

‘It was very sad news to wake up to this morning that a three-month-old child had lost her life in such tragic circumstances,’ he said. 

The baby was rushed from her home in Clashmore to Cork University Hospital in the early hours of this morning but was pronounced dead a short time later

‘It has rocked the community here in west Waterford and particularly in the village of Clashmore, which is a lovely, quiet, rural village in west Waterford.

‘My sympathies certainly go to the family and everybody’s thoughts and prayers will be with them in the coming days and weeks and months ahead.

‘People are just stunned today at the news – everybody is just really, really saddened.’

While Ireland has laws on muzzling certain dog breeds in public, there are no banned breeds such as Pit Bull Terriers in the United Kingdom.

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