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Woman, 30s, due in court charged in connection with death Matthew Healy, 6, in Waterford

A WOMAN in her 30s is due in court tonight charged in connection with the death of Matthew Healy in Waterford last week.

Matthew Healy was found unresponsive in the back of a car in Rathmoylan, Co Waterford in the early hours of Friday morning before he was later pronounced dead.

A woman in her 30s is due in court charged in connection with the death of Matthew Healy in Waterford last week

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A woman in her 30s is due in court charged in connection with the death of Matthew Healy in Waterford last week
Matthew was found unresponsive in the back of a car in Rathmoylan, Co Waterford

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Matthew was found unresponsive in the back of a car in Rathmoylan, Co WaterfordCredit: � 2024 PA Media, All Rights Reserved

A woman in her late 30s was arrested nearby and was extremely distressed.

She was detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and interviewed by detectives at a Waterford garda station.

The woman had been medically supported since, however, investigator were able to quiz her today at a Waterford Garda Station over the young boy’s death.

Following consultation with the Director of Public Prosecutions throughout the day, the DPP directed this evening the woman be charged.

It’s understood she is to face a charge of murder and is to be brought before a special late night sitting of a district court in Waterford.

A Garda spokesperson said: “Gardai 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.

“The woman is due to appear before a special sitting of Waterford District Court this evening, Tuesday 13th February 2024 at 8.45pm.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

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Matthew was found unresponsive in the back seat of the vehicle shortly after midnight.

First responders desperately tried to save his life. CPR was given at the scene before he was rushed to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The remains of tragic young Matthew, who lived in Ballygunner outside Waterford and was in senior infants at Faithlegg National School, have been released back to his father James Healy.

His funeral will take place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Watergrasshill in Co Cork on Wednesday at 12pm.

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

Tributes

Matthew’s death notice read: “Matthew James Healy of Watergrasshill, Cork and Ballygunner, Waterford died on the 9th of February 2024 unexpectedly, aged 6 years.

“Sadly missed by his heartbroken Dad James, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family, neighbours and friends.

“Fly with the angels. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, can be made to Make a Wish Foundation www.makeawish.ie.”

Hundreds attended vigils to remember little Matthew in Waterford on Saturday.

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And in a statement on behalf Mr Healy, released to the Irish Examiner, he thanked those who paid tribute to his son.

It read: “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's funeral will take place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Watergrasshill in Co Cork on Wednesday at 12pm

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Matthew’s funeral will take place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Watergrasshill in Co Cork on Wednesday at 12pmCredit: RIP.IE
A woman in her late 30s was arrested nearby

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A woman in her late 30s was arrested nearbyCredit: � 2024 PA Media, All Rights Reserved



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