Trial hears phone call father accused of murdering baby made to emergency services

The jury, in the trial of a man accused of murdering his baby son, has been played the emergency phone call he made to a medical practice in Co Mayo.

40-year-old John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis denies murdering his six-month-old baby, saying what happened was a ‘pure accident.’

The accused, John Tighe, became very distressed and started crying as this 23-minute phone call recording from June 2013 was played to the court.


He can be heard telling the WestDoc medical practice in Mayo that his baby son Joshua had grabbed a baby wipe and is choking on it.

A nurse tells him a doctor and an ambulance is on the way and tells him to keep tapping his baby on the back.

After a time – he tells the nurse the baby isn’t breathing and is cold and he can be heard sobbing.

The nurse agreed in cross examination she didn’t tell the accused on the phone to give the baby 5 back blows as per the recommended protocol.

It’s the Prosecution’s case the accused John Tighe put an egg-shaped wad of tissue in his son’s throat which caused him to asphyxiate that day.

The court heard the accused maintains what happened was a ‘pure accident’ and says the baby grabbed a wipe while his back was turned for a second.