Two arrested over death of baby boy found with stab wounds on Irish beach in 1984 | World News

Two suspects have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of an infant boy found on the beach nearly 40 years ago.

The 5-day-old baby, known as Baby John, was found with multiple stab wounds inside a bag that washed up on the beach in County Kerry, Ireland in April 1984.

A man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s were arrested on suspicion of murder in the south Munster area on Thursday.

They are currently being held at Garda station in southern Ireland.

A Gardai statement said: “Tonight, Thursday, March 23, 2023, Gardai arrested two people, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, in connection with the development of a crime. The body of a male infant was discovered at White Strand, Caherciveen, County Kerry on April 14, 1984.

“They were arrested in the Munster region on suspicion of murder and are currently being held at Garda Stations in the south of the country under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.”

The famous discovery became known as the “Kerry Babies” case.

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A local woman, Joanne Hayes, is believed to be the baby’s mother and was arrested and charged after the child’s body was found.

The charge was dropped and a court was established to investigate Gardai’s handling of the case.

Advances in DNA profiling have confirmed Mrs Hayes is not the mother of the infant.

Ms Hayes, who insists she is innocent, received apologies from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, justice minister Charlie Flanagan and An Garda Siochana (national police department) in 2018.

The same year, the force announced a review of the baby’s death.

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The force’s Kerry Division has since conducted an “extensive” investigation, supported by Garda’s Serious Crime Assessment Team.

Hundreds of people were interviewed with more than 560 lines of requests to be initiated.

Baby John’s remains were exhumed in September 2018 and taken to the morgue at Kerry University Hospital in Tralee for an autopsy. They were reburied later that afternoon.

He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caherciveen.

Principal investigator Flor Murphy said: “The arrests are an important development in this investigation that seeks to uncover the truth surrounding Baby John’s death in 1984 and bring justice to the case. Baby John.

“I once again urge the public to release any information regarding Baby John’s death in 1984.

“Whoever moves forward will be treated with sensitivity and compassion.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 667 1160, Garda’s Secret Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.


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