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'RIP you little angel': Masses offered for murdered two-year-old in Cork

Santina Cawley passed away from her injuries at Cork University Hospital last Friday morning.

The Elderwood Complex on Boreenmanna Road.
The Elderwood Complex on Boreenmanna Road.
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PRAYERS WERE OFFERED at masses in Ballinlough in Cork city over the weekend for murdered two-year-old, Santina Cawley, who passed away from her injuries at Cork University Hospital (CUH) last Friday morning.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised for the toddler who is survived by her parents Mike and Bridget and four siblings. 

Flowers and teddy bears were left outside the Elderwood Complex in Boreenmanna Road where Santina was found with critical injuries in the early hours of last Friday morning.

Santina was rushed to CUH shortly after 5am last Friday having sustained bone fractures and a serious head injury. 

Voluntary statements have been taken from her father and his girlfriend, who is not the child’s mother. The couple was in the apartment when the alarm was raised. 

Efforts were made to stabilise Santina in hospital but she died at around 9.20am last Friday.

A post-mortem was carried out at CUH by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster. The case has been upgraded to a murder probe.

However, the results of the post-mortem have not been released for operational reasons.

Gardaí have conducted door to door enquiries in the area. 

However, they are again appealing to members of the public to come forward if they were in the apartment complex between 4pm Thursday and 6am Friday.

It is understood that gardaí have linked in with Tulsa in relation to the murder investigation.

Gardaí had been called to the apartment complex in Elderwood in the early hours of Friday morning following reports of noise. 

However, when they arrived on site there was no disturbance or excessive volume.

The alarm was raised after a man knocked on neighbour’s door shouting that his baby girl was dead. 

Tributes have been paid to little Santina on social media. One person posted that there was a “bed in heaven for our little doll” whilst another said, “RIP you little angel, a cruel world.”

Anyone with information can contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 -4522000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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