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14th Feb 2024

Woman charged in connection with death of 6-year-old Matthew Healy

Kat O'Connor

Matthew Healy

Matthew Healy was found dead on February 9th

A woman in her 30s has been charged in connection with the death of six-year-old Matthew Healy.

The young boy’s body was found in a car at Dunmore East in Co Waterford.

The harrowing discovery was made on Friday, February 9th. Matthew was given medical treatment at the scene and was rushed to University Hospital Waterford, but he was sadly pronounced dead at the hospital.

A woman in her 30s was also at the scene but needed medical attention before Gardaí could question her.

In a statement released last night, Gardaí confirmed a woman had been arrested as part of the investigation.

They shared: “Gardaí have charged the woman, aged in her late 30s, who was arrested as part of the investigation into the death of a six-year-old boy whose body was found in a car at Dunmore East, County Waterford on Friday, 9th February 2024.”

Gardaí confirmed that the woman appeared before a special sitting of Waterford District Court on February 13th.

Gardaí are continuing their investigation.

The father of Matthew Healy issued a statement to the Irish Examiner following his son’s untimely death.

He has asked the public to respect his privacy during this harrowing time.

The statement reads: “Matthew’s father, James Healy, expresses his deep gratitude for the several vigils that were held for his son Matthew throughout Waterford. He would ask at this sad time for privacy.”

Matthew Healy will be laid to rest today.

His funeral mass is due to take place this afternoon at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Watergrasshill at 12 pm.

This will be followed by a private service in The Island Crematorium at Ringaskiddy.

We’re keeping his loved ones in our thoughts during this harrowing time.

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