Limerick: Arrest after boy is found dead in Ballynanty

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A man has been arrested after a boy was found dead at a house in Limerick city in the Republic of Ireland.

The child's body was discovered by Gardaí (Irish police) at a property in the Ballynanty area of the city shortly after 19:00 local time on Sunday.

Gardaí said they were investigating a "fatal assault".

The child was pronounced dead at the scene and a man in his late 20s was arrested and taken for questioning to Henry Street Garda Station.

Irish public broadcaster, RTÉ, said a house in Shanabooly Road in Ballynanty has been cordoned off.

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Several other Irish media outlets are reporting that the boy was 11, but his age has not yet been confirmed.

The scene of the fatal assault has been preserved for a forensic examination.

Gardaí said they have requested the services of the state pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau.