Toddler drowned ‘in six or seven inches of water’

The late David Roche, Mountcollins

The late David Roche, Mountcollins


A TODDLER drowned “in six or seven or eight inches of water” in a bin on the family farm in Mountcollins, an inquest has heard.

In a statement read out at Limerick Coroner’s Court, Brigid Bergin said her two-year-old son David Roche had gone out to play just after finishing his lunch on July 13 last.

Ms Bergin had gone upstairs to check on David’s baby sister for five minutes but could not find David when she came back down.

She started shouting for him and David’s father Michael had then joined the search, checking the road and with neighbours.

Ms Bergin said she had found David head down in a black rubbish bin which Michael had been using to mix cement the day before. There were no more than six or seven inches of water in the bin, Ms Bergin stated.

David’s parents efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and an emergency call was made. The two -year-old was pronounced dead later that afternoon at University Hospital Limerick.

In her medical evidence, Dr Elizabeth Mulcahy said the death “was due to acute cardio-respiratory failure secondary to drowning”.

And the jury delivered a verdict of accidental death in line with the medical evidence.

Coroner Dr Timothy Casey expressed his sympathy to the toddler’s family on “what must have been a very horrible and sad experience for you” while sympathies on behalf of An Garda Siochana were extended by Det Insp Ronan McDonagh.




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