Irish government opens investigation into abuse, deaths at church-run homes

June 11, 2014 6:24 AM

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Irish government opens investigation into abuse, deaths at church-run homes

June 4, 2014: A statue of the Virgin Mary adorns the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Tuam, Ireland. (AP/Niall Carson/PA)

LONDON – Ireland's government launched an investigation Tuesday into the high mortality rates and mistreatment among babies who died decades ago in homes for unmarried mothers, plunging the country into another painful examination of the past.

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