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Ireland 'Cherished and adored' girl (5) died of head injuries after gate collapsed on her while she was playing with friends

18:56  09 january  2018
18:56  09 january  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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A'beautiful' five-year-old girl died of head injuries after a gate collapsed on her while she was playing , an inquest has heard. ‘ Adored ’ little girl , 5 , died after gate collapsed on her near family home.

A FIVE -year-old girl who was trapped under a gate while playing with friends died of head injuries , an Sienna, who was described by her cousin Kellie Joyce at her funeral as “beautiful, cherished and adored ” was The little girl had been playing when the gate collapsed on her near her home.

'Cherished and adored' girl (5) died of head injuries after gate collapsed on her while she was playing with friends © Independent.ie 'Cherished and adored' girl (5) died of head injuries after gate collapsed on her while she was playing with friends A five year old girl who was trapped under a gate while playing with friends died of head injuries, an inquest has heard.

Sienna Joyce, from The Ward, Ashbourne, Co Meath died on June 27 2016. Gardai will submit a file in relation to the child’s death to the Director of Public Prosecution within days, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.

Little Sienna, who was described by her cousin Kellie Joyce at her funeral as 'beautiful, cherished and adored' was rushed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital following the accident, where she was pronounced dead by Dr Roisin McNamara.

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Sienna Joyce was killed when a gate collapsed on her while she played with her brother, sister and cousins on Monday evening. She said: " She was beautiful, cherished and adored by everyone who knew her .

Girl , five , is killed after a gate fell on her while she was playing . Sienna Joyce died after the freak accident in County Meath on Monday. Was rushed to hospital but despite doctors battling she could not be saved. Her family have paid tribute to the 'beautiful and cherished ' little girl.

The little girl had been playing when the gate collapsed on her near her home at Wotton Bridge, The Ward between Finglas and Ashbourne, when the tragedy happened.

Her grandfather David Joyce Senior identified her remains in hospital following her death. In his deposition, Mr Joyce Senior said he identified his granddaughter to Sergeant Peter Hayde of Finglas Garda Station in hospital at 10 o’clock that night.

Sgt Hayde said he remained at Temple Street Children’s Hospital and spent some time with the family, including the child’s father David Joyce, that night.

“He was clearly very distraught at the passing of his daughter,” Sgt Hayde said. A post-mortem examination conducted by pathologist Dr Deirdre Devaney gave the cause of death as severe head injuries.

Inspector Seamus D’Alton of Store Street Garda station appeared on behalf of Gardai in Ashbourne seeking a six month adjournment of the inquest. “The investigation file is nearly completed and will be submitted in the coming days,” Insp D’Alton said.

The inquest was adjourned under section 25 subsection 1 of the Coroner’s Act for further mention on June 14 2018.

Sienna, who had just finished her first year of school, was related to little Logan Joyce (4), who died tragically at the Nationally Aquatic Centre in July 2012.

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