A doctor has been charged with the murder of a baby at an Irish hospital.
The baby, who was born prematurely in December, was found unresponsive in a ward of Oak Hill Hospital in County Donegal on Thursday.
The man, who has not been named, was arrested on Friday morning and is expected to appear in court later on Friday.
The child had been transferred to hospital for further tests after he was found unconscious, hospital sources said.
The boy’s mother and brother, who are both Irish citizens, had visited him in hospital and the hospital said it was aware of the allegations.
A spokeswoman for the hospital’s maternity unit said the staff were devastated and their hearts go out to the family.
“This is a terrible tragedy for all of us.
This is absolutely shocking,” she said.”
The hospital is fully co-operating with police.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we will continue to support them through this very difficult time.”
The hospital has a national waiting list of more than 2,000, and has no maternity units.
It is the only one in the country to offer a full range of care.
Irish doctors have long been targeted for the murder and mutilation of babies in the Republic of Ireland.