Body of Mum Found Under Bridge Before Baby Son's Body Found at Home

The body of a mum has been found under a bridge with her baby also found dead at her home.

Nicola Keane, who is believed to have been in her 30s, was reported to have been behaving erratically near the M50 toll bridge near Lucan, Ireland, in the early hours of Thursday morning. Police had responded to reports of the pediatric nurse's behavior at around 3.45 am local time.

Following the identification of her body, officers went to her home 15 miles away where her seven-month-old boy was found unresponsive. He was confirmed dead at the scene and her partner who was also in the house was unaware that he had died. Officers said that at this stage the deaths were being treated as a family tragedy and that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

A police spokesperson said: "Gardaí are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a woman on the Lower Road, Strawberry Beds, Lucan, Co. Dublin and the unexplained death of an infant boy in a house in Lucan Co. Dublin on 22nd October, 2020.

"At approximately 3.45am on 22nd October, 2020 following reports of a pedestrian seen acting suspiciously at the M50 (toll plaza) bridge, Gardaí discovered the body of a woman at Lower Road, Strawberry Beds.

Nicola Keane
Nicola Keane's body was found under a bridge

"Following this incident Gardaí went to a house in Lucan where an 7-month-old baby boy was found in an unresponsive condition. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. An incident room has been established at Lucan Garda Station and a Technical examination of the scene has taken place. The Coroner and Office of the State Pathologist have been notified.

"The body of the infant has been removed to Crumlin Hospital and the body of the woman has been removed to the City Morgue where post-mortem examinations will be carried out. The results of post-mortem examinations will determine the course of Garda investigations."

Meanwhile, a man has been remanded in custody in Ireland in connection with the murder of a man in 2016. Mark Desmond was murdered in a shooting on December 2, 2016. He was killed when visiting Griffeen Valley Park, Lucan, where a burnt out car was found nearby.

Charles McClean, 32, was arrested and charged on Wednesday with Desmond's murder. Appearing before Cloverhill District Court, he replied "no comment" to the charges and will be remanded in custody before appearing in court again next Wednesday.