The three-month-old girl who was killed by her terrier on Monday was discovered by her aunt who went upstairs to see if she was sleeping.
Mia O’Connell, from the village of Clashmore in County Waterford, Ireland, was in her bedroom when the dog attacked her early Monday morning.
The baby, who was born to Rhys O’Connell and Ella Wood in February, suffered serious head injuries before being discovered by her aunt at 2 a.m.
The three-month-old girl who was killed by her terrier on Monday was discovered by her aunt who went upstairs to see how she was sleeping.
Police officers outside the home in Clashmore, County Waterford, on Monday
Mrs. Wood, who is in her twenties, and Mia’s grandparents, Noirin O’Connell and Barry Dillon, were all downstairs when the brutal attack took place.
Mr O’Connell was not in the house at the time, according to the… Irish independent.
Police and paramedics treated the child at the scene before she was rushed to Cork University Hospital, about 40 miles away.
She was pronounced dead in hospital after 3.15 am.
The family is known to have recently moved from Youghal, a seaside town across the border from Cork.
Police are investigating the death of a baby after she was hit and killed at this Clashmore home early Monday morning.
Mia’s home in the village was cordoned off Monday as police continued their investigation.
An autopsy is being performed today on the child’s body at Cork University Hospital.
A neighbor said they saw Mia with the dog and her grandmother the day before the attack.
Fellow Clashmore resident Pat Flavin shared: RTE: ‘You hear things like this on television, but you don’t expect it to happen here.
An autopsy will be performed today on the child’s body at Cork University Hospital
‘There are about 1,800 people living in this area. It’s a small place. Everyone will support them and do what they can for them.’
Attorney General Heather Humphreys said: ‘This is an absolutely appalling situation, to think that your little baby’s life was lost in such appalling, appalling circumstances.’
Father Milo Guiry, the administrator of the parish that includes the village of Clashmore, said the locals were in shock.
“This was a young baby, it’s terribly, terribly sad,” he said.
Father Guiry said the parish would provide support to the affected family.
“We offer our condolences and support to the family at this terrible time for them,” he said.
Waterford Mayor Damien Geoghegan said the local community was stunned by the “terrible and appalling” incident.
“It was very sad news to wake up this morning that a three-month-old child had lost her life in such tragic circumstances,” he said.
The baby was taken from her home in Clashmore to Cork University Hospital in the early morning hours, but was pronounced dead a short time later.
“It has shocked the community here in west Waterford and especially in the village of Clashmore, a beautiful, quiet, rural village in west Waterford.
“My condolences go out to the family and everyone’s thoughts and prayers will be with them in the coming days, weeks and months.
“People are just stunned today at the news – everyone is just very, very sad.”
While Ireland has laws against muzzling certain breeds of dogs in public, there are no banned breeds such as Pit Bull Terriers in the UK.