Europe

Cork boy died from asphyxia, say Irish police

The little boy was found dead at a house in Charleville
Image caption The little boy was found dead at a house in Charleville

An eight-year-old boy found dead in County Cork on Monday died as a result of asphyxia, according a post-mortem examination.

Anthony Ward's body was found found at Harrison Place, Charleville, on Monday.

Irish police are treating his death as a "tragic incident". They revealed the initial findings of the tests on Tuesday.

The Health Service Executive is to carry out a "comprehensive review" of its services with the family.

It added that it was providing appropriate support and assistance, including counselling, to all those affected by the death.

Anthony's 43-year-old mother is being treated at Cork University Hospital where she was taken in a distressed state.

It is understood the child had celebrated his eighth birthday last month, and had been due to return to school at Newtownshandrum school on Monday.

He would have been in third class. His school uniform was found near his body.

Gardai say the matter is still under investigation.