New details emerge after three children found dead at home

Police are now treating the deaths of three children found in their home as murder after their mother was found walking the streets in a disoriented state.

Andrew McGinley arrived home on Friday evening to find his three young children dead and paramedics treating his wife, Deirdre Morley, outside their home in Newcastle, West Dublin, according to The Independent Irish News.

When a taxi driver spotted Ms Morley in a disoriented state on a nearby street, he took her home and found a note stuck on the front window, reading “Don’t go upstairs”.

Andrew McGinley pictured with his three children – Conor, 9, Carla, 3 and Darragh, 7.
Police are treating the deaths of three young McGinley children as murder. They are pictured here with their dad. Source: Garda Press Office

The driver raised the alarm with emergency services.

Ms Morley still remains in an unconscious state at a nearby hospital, according to the Irish Times, and investigators have been told they will not be able to interview her until her condition improves significantly.

She was initially in a “critical” condition, according to the BBC, but she is now said to be in a “grave” . condition, but will survive.

The bodies of the three children – Conor, 9, Darragh, 7, and three-year-old Carla McGinley – showed no visible signs of violence, but were found unresponsive and unconscious.

A police officer and police tape surround a house in Newcastle, Dublin, where the children were found.
Emergency services at the house in the village of Newcastle, Dublin, where the children were found dead. Source: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Ms Morley was a nurse on extended sick leave due to stress from the National Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

But the BBC reported she had not displayed any signs of her being at risk to herself or her children.

It has also been reported police are not looking for anyone else.

Gardaí, the Irish police, are awaiting results from the toxicology test, but they will not release the results.

Police believe the children were drugged before they were suffocated and the investigation will look into what medication was in the Morley house at the time of the suspected murders, The Irish Times reported.

The children's mother was taken to hospital after the gruesome discovery. Pictured are forensic police at the scene.
The children's mother was taken to hospital following the discovery of the two boys and a girl. Source: Lorraine OSullivan/PA Wire

All three of the children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Previously, police were treating the deaths as “sudden” and “unexplained”.

There was no sign of a break-in, The Irish Sun reported.

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