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A four-year-old boy died after being discovered unresponsive following a nap at his creche, an inquest heard.

Tragic Cillian O'Driscoll was killed by a viral infection that attacked his lungs in Ballincollig, County Cork.

His devastated dad said the youngster - who had been diagnosed with ASD and was primarily non verbal - said his son had said "All the Best" as he waved goodbye for the last time that morning.

The tragedy happened on December 14, 2018, while three senior managers -including the creche owner - were out for a Christmas lunch.

A review by Ireland's child at Kinder Care creche and family agency Tusla raised concerns that a Safe Sleep Policy was not properly followed, Cork Beo reports.

Cillian was glanced at by workers - rather than being checked every 10 minutes, and no formal written record of checks was made.

He was sleeping on his side in a small tree house in the creche's play room.

She looked at him through the bars of the tree house prior to finishing her shift shortly after noon.

When she left, she recalled seeing his “rosy red cheeks”. She had no concerns about the “bubbly child". Other workers were made aware that he was asleep.

Employee Ciara O’Connor said she spotted Cillian moving around at around 1.15pm. The alarm was raised at 2pm when he was found unresponsive, and CPR was carried out at the creche.

Dr Margaret Bolster said that Cillian died of cardio respiratory arrest due to myocarditis and a florid bilateral bronchial pneumonia. She said that it was likely that the was displaying no symptoms at the time of his death.

A verdict of natural causes was recorded

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