A baby boy has died two days after his mother was found dead and laying on top of him on the floor of a hospital in Ireland.

Baby Darragh was found suffering severe injuries on Monday morning at Cork University Maternity Hospital, underneath the body of Marie Downey, 36, who was a married mother-of-three.

He was taken into intensive care but passed away on Tuesday night. Medics tried to revive Mrs Downey but she was pronounced dead a short time after being found.

Nurses had checked on Mrs Downey, who was in a single room, at around 7am on Monday morning and were satisfied with her condition.

But just an hour later doctors returned to conduct morning rounds and were confronted with the tragic scene.

The hospital has opened an investigation. While the cause of death is currently unknown, the incident is being treated as a tragic accident.

The days-old boy was discovered at Mrs Downey's breast. She is believed to have suffered a medical episode and fallen out of bed while feeding.

Father Eamonn Kelleher, parish priest of Kildorrery, close to where Mrs Downey lived with husband Kieran and their two other sons, described the events as a 'tragedy'.

He told the Irish Times: 'They are a very close community and take great care of each other and everyone feels the Downey tragedy and they are gathering here every morning to pray for the Downeys and to pray for Marie and the little boy Darragh.