A mother and her seven-month-old boy may have been dead at their home since Thursday before their bodies were discovered Saturday afternoon, it turns out.
The deceased were identified at the scene last night as Kate Donohoe, who was in her 40s, and her son Vincent.
After the discovery of a crime scene note at a house in Clonee on the border of West Dublin and Co. Meath, Gardaí are working on the theory that the incident was a murder suicide.
The property remained cordoned off yesterday as Gardaí conducted a technical survey of the home.
Toxicology tests are being conducted to determine the cause of death.
“The woman was unavailable for at least 24 hours before her body was discovered by emergency services in an upstairs room of her home,” a source told the Irish Independent.
Concerned neighbors had been contacted by people close to Ms Donohoe who were worried about her wellbeing.
This incident was not a spontaneous affair
An emergency call was made and rescue workers rushed to the scene of the crime
Gardaí were called to the home at Beechfield Court, Clonee, which was immediately declared the scene of the crime.
Officials are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and an autopsy was performed on the bodies yesterday afternoon.
Initial clues were that Ms Donohoe died of an apparent heart attack. However, after analyzing the note discovered at the scene, investigating Gardaí are working on the theory that the tragedy was “pre-planned”.
“This incident was not spontaneous,” a source said last night.
A resident of Beechfield Court said: “We saw her regularly walking the baby. She was very friendly and always said hello.
“Someone tried to get in touch with her and couldn’t for a few days.
So a neighbor went to check on her.
“It was a total shock, she was gone with the baby.”
Flowers, a stuffed animal and a chocolate teddy bear wrapped in silver foil were left outside the home as a tribute to the mother and son.
Ms. Donohoe was described by those who knew her as a dog lover, animal welfare advocate and a respected woman gardaí had never taken notice of.
A tribute was paid to her on social media.
One woman wrote: “So sad. I’m still shocked. This world was a better place with Kate
Another person explained that Ms. Donohoe has “always been generous with her time” and has an “infectious laugh.”
Another wrote: “I knew her to be so kind and generous with her knowledge and time. A great loss for this world.”
A woman who knew Ms. Donohoe wrote: “A wonderful, kind, compassionate person has left us. Many dog people will know Kate, she has given her time and love to her dogs especially greyhounds, she has shared her joy and love with everyone, an absolutely wonderful person. I will miss our conversations and our laughter beyond sad.
“I can’t believe she’s gone, the world will be a much emptier place without her.”
A Garda spokesman said: “Just after 3pm on Saturday, Gardaí and emergency services visited a home in the Beechfield area.
“An adult woman and a young boy were found dead in the home.”
A Garda family liaison officer has been appointed to the case.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/mother-and-baby-may-have-lain-dead-for-days-after-apparent-murder-suicide-42052751.html Mother and baby may have lain dead for days after an apparent murder-suicide