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The body of a nurse was tragically found under a bridge just hours before her seven-month-old infant son was discovered dead at home.
Nicola Keane, who was in her 30s, was discovered under the M50 toll bridge near Lucan, County Dublin.
She is said to have been behaving erratically in the area at 3.45am. A source said: "This is a terrible tragedy. Gardai are not looking for anyone else.
"The post mortem on the baby will determine which way the investigation will go."
After Nicola's body was identified the Irish Gardai identified her and went to her home about 15 minutes away where they discovered tragic tot Henry. He was confirmed dead at the scene.
A source said the post-mortem was deemed inconclusive, adding: "Asphyxiation but it may have been an accident."
Officers are treating the incident as a family tragedy and are not seeking anyone else in connection with it.
Detectives found no signs of violence or evidence of a violent death when they carried out a forensic examination of the house.
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It is understood that when they called to the house, Nicola’s partner was asleep and he was awoken by the police. It was then that the baby’s body was discovered in the house. The devastated man was unaware that the baby was dead.
A source added: “This is a terrible, terrible tragedy. A family tragedy. Gardai are not looking for anyone else. The post mortem on the baby will determine which way the investigation will go.”
One person who knew Nicola in her native Ballina, County Mayo, described the deaths as "absolutely devastating news".
Another woman described her as being a "kind and considerate" person.
Nicola's nextdoor neighbours in Lucan were too shocked to speak.
The baby’s body has been removed to Crumlin Hospital, while his mother was taken to the City Morgue where both will have post-mortem examinations.
Gardai were conducting door to door enquiries last night.
A Gardai spokesman said: “At this stage investigating Gardaí are treating these incidents as a family tragedy and are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.
“No further information is available at this time. Investigations are ongoing.”
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