A couple in their twenties were questioned by Police following the placement of a four-month-old baby boy in a treetop in the hope that he would ‘rock to sleep’ have been released without charge.
Neighbours suspected the lack of sleep had finally pushed the new parents over the edge and contacted the authorities when they saw that the infant’s cot had been placed high within the foliage of a large oak tree in a house in the picturesque village of Ballygobackwards, County Wicklow, Ireland.
The baby was taken to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin where he is described as ‘a cranky little shit’, by the staff nurse on call and mother of none, Ms Sheila Knowitall, 37.
The Police have advised new parents to not take nursery rhymes at face value and have issued the following statement;
“Boughs breaking and babies falling (no matter how melodically sung about) are more likely to cause the death of a child rather than sleepless nights for the parents involved”
“The only ‘Bye Baby’ that could be achieved by such an action is the death or removal of the child in question from your care due to parental neglect”, they added.
If you have been affected by any of the following or have considered putting your child in a treetop then support is available at 1800Fairytalesarentreal