NI baby dies after father's arrest

Saturday 08 February 2014 22.25
Caragh Walsh had been brought to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital from a house in the west of the city
Caragh Walsh had been brought to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital from a house in the west of the city

A three-month-old baby girl has died in hospital hours after her father appeared in court charged with causing her grievous bodily harm.

Caragh Walsh had been brought to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital from a house in the west of the city on Wednesday night, where she was in a critical condition.

The infant was critically ill and has sustained severe head injuries.

Following police inquiries, the baby's father, 23-year-old Christopher O'Neill was arrested, and charged with causing his daughter grievous bodily harm. 

The court was told that Christopher O'Neill had found the baby in some sort of medical distress, and had taken actions to try and help her.

A few hours after that court hearing Caragh died in hospital.

A spokesman from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said last night: "Following the court appearance of a 23-year-old man in Craigavon this morning detectives from Serious Crime Branch will be consulting with the Public Prosecution Service in relation to this case," he said.

A post-mortem examination will take place in the coming days.