Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mass grave with baby remains found in Ireland

A mass grave containing “significant quantities" of infants' remains has been discovered at a former Catholic mother and baby home in western Ireland.

The discovery, announced by investigators Friday, follows a probe by a historian in 2014 who found the death certificates for nearly 800 children who died at the home in Tuam, County Galway, between its opening in 1925 and closure in 1961.

The government-appointed Mother and Baby Homes Commission said the remains were found in at least 17 of 20 underground chambers during excavations between November and February. The chambers appeared to be related to the treatment of sewage or waste water, it said.

A small number of the remains of up to 35-week-old fetuses, and babies and toddlers aged up to 3, were taken for analysis.

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