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24th Mar 2023

Man and woman arrested on speculation of murdering five-day-old baby in Kerry

Clodagh McKeon

Baby John was found with 28 stab wounds.

Warning: Some readers may find this article distressing.

Today Gardaí will continue their questioning of the two people arrested in connection with the body of a five-day-old baby found on a beach in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, in April 1984.

A man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s were arrested last night.

The body of the baby, that was subsequently named John, was found with 28 stab wounds.

It will be the 39th anniversary of the discovery of baby John’s body at White Strand in three weeks.

Last night’s arrests are a significant development in the cold case review of the investigation, according to the lead investigator, Superintendent Flor Murphy.

Murphy said Gardaí are focused on the truth and finding out exactly what happened to baby John.

Gardaí will not say where the two people were arrested but at the launch of the cold case review in January 2018, Supt Murphy said it was the strong belief that the answers to the questions about baby John’s death lay in Cahersiveen and the surrounding area.

It’s understood the investigating team still holds on to that belief today.

Gardaí have 24 hours to question the two people who were arrested.