A POST-MORTEM examination is due to take place today on a baby girl tragically killed by the family dog as she lay in her cot.
The three-month-old baby girl has been named as Mia O'Connell, who was born in February this year.
According to The Sunday World, the baby girl was sleeping in her cot at around 2am on Monday morning when the family dog, a terrier cross, entered her room and attacked her.
The girl's aunt, who was visiting at the time, made the horrific discovery when she went to check on her.
She called the emergency services but tragically, baby Mia's injuries were too great and she passed away in hospital shortly after 3am.
The child's mother and grandparents were also in the house at the time of the tragic incident, the outlet reports.
A post-mortem is due to take place later today, and the house was sealed off yesterday as officers from the Garda Technical Bureau performed an examination.
The horrific story has sent shockwaves across the local community and beyond, with Waterford Mayor Damien Geoghegan, a Fine Gael Councillor, saying the town is "devastated" by the tragedy.
Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys yesterday sent her deepest condolences to baby Mia's family, saying it was "an absolutely awful situation, to think that your little baby's life has been lost in such terrible, terrible circumstances".
In a statement, Gardaí from Dungarven said they are investigating "all the circumstances" into her death.
"A female infant, aged 3 months, was fatally injured by a dog at a residence in Clashmore, Co.Waterford in the early hours of this morning, 7th June 2021.
“Gardaí and paramedics treated the infant at the scene until she was taken to Cork University Hospital. She was pronounced deceased a short time later."