Gardaí investigating the death of a three-month-old girl in a dog attack early yesterday morning say their focus is now on preparing a file for the coroner following the completion of the post-mortem examination.

The dog involved in the incident has been put down.

Gardaí are continuing to provide support to the family of the infant, Mia O'Connell, who died after the incident in her home in Clashmore, Co Waterford.

The post-mortem was carried out today by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster and gardaí are not releasing the results for operational reasons.

"As a result of the post-mortem, An Garda Síochána’s focus is on the preparation of an investigation file for an inquest by the county coroner," a garda spokesman said.

They confirmed that the animal involved, reported to be a mixed breed terrier-labrador cross, had been "destroyed".

A garda family liaison officer has been appointed to the O'Connell family, who continue to appeal for privacy.

Mia was asleep in her bedroom in a terraced house in Clashmore when a family dog in the house got into the room and caused her serious injuries shortly after midnight yesterday morning.

Emergency services went to the scene and Mia was treated there by paramedics before being brought by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.

She was pronounced dead at about 3.15am yesterday.

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