By Nell McCafferty
Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the beginning and dying of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. accordingly she confessed to the homicide, by way of stabbing, of one other child. the entire clinical proof confirmed that she couldn't have had this moment child. The police however, insisted on charging her and, after the fees have been dropped, endured to insist that she had given beginning to twins conceived of 2 various males.
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He did not consider Joanne Hayes to be the kind of demented woman who would have stabbed her baby to death. She had the same demeanour as all those other women who had come sadly into hospital with voided wombs and a missing infant. She also had, as Detective Dillon knew by now, the perfect profile of a prime suspect in the case. Before he went to see Mr Creedon, he had gone out to Abbeydorney to speak to the village’s only policeman, Liam Moloney. Guard Moloney had known that Joanne Hayes was pregnant, but had not connected that pregnancy with the Cahirciveen baby.
A hundred yards away, in a small county-council cottage, lived his sister Mary, her husband Paddy Hayes and their children Kathleen, Ned, Mike and the youngest, Joanne. The brothers-in-law Maurice Fuller and Paddy Hayes worked the farm, milking sixteen cows and rearing a similar number of cattle for beef. Bridie Fuller, the unmarried sister, worked in St Catherine’s hospital, the four Hayes children went to school and Mary Hayes kept both houses. She established her domestic headquarters in the old farmhouse, and everyone ate there by day and mingled there by night.
Guard Moloney had known that Joanne Hayes was pregnant, but had not connected that pregnancy with the Cahirciveen baby. In fact, he had written ‘No suspects’ in the questionnaire sent to all police stations some days previously. There was one sure way of checking, said Guard Moloney, and he rang Joanne’s cousin, Mary Shanahan. Mary Shanahan told him Joanne had miscarried in hospital. Guard Moloney told Detective Dillon what Mary Shanahan had just told him. Detective Dillon told Guard Moloney what the hospital had said.