An investigation is being carried out after the body of a newborn baby was found at a house in Cork.

Gardaí were called to the house in the Friar's Walk area at around 4.30pm after the discovery by medical staff after an emergency call.

They found the body of the baby boy in an upstairs bathroom at the house in Deerpark.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

The baby's mother, who is believed to be in her 40s, was receiving medical treatment in the house when the gardaí arrived.

The body of the baby was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination will be conducted tomorrow morning by the deputy state pathologist Dr Margot Bolster.

The house where the baby's body was discovered has been preserved pending the outcome of the post mortem examination.