A horrified local resident raised the alarm after seeing a stabbed Ukrainian girl, 8, through the window of a refugee shelter in Clare

A distraught resident of a refugee shelter raised the alarm with Gardaí after seeing a badly injured Ukrainian child through a window after a frantic attack.

The eight-year-old girl suffered life-changing injuries after being stabbed 74 times at a residential building in Clarecastle, Co. Clare on Tuesday.

She remains seriously ill at Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Her mother, who was found unconscious at the scene, is also seriously ill at University Hospital Limerick.

The incident took place around 8am on Tuesday at a flat housing Ukrainian refugees in Clarecastle on the outskirts of Ennis.

The recently renovated property is home to up to 15 Ukrainian refugees, and gardaí were alerted after residents reported disturbance from a room there.

After failing to enter the room, a resident went outside and saw through the window the seriously injured child and immediately contacted Gardaí.

When rescue workers arrived, they found the girl with serious injuries to her neck, her mother lying unconscious next to her.

The child was taken to University Hospital Limerick and later transferred to Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

She is understood to have undergone surgery Tuesday night which stabilized her condition, but a source said her injuries were “life-changing”.

Several children staying at the same shelter witnessed the aftermath of the incident and are said to have been “deeply shocked” by what they saw.

As part of the investigation, Gardaí spoke to a number of people who were at the property at the time to create a clearer account of what happened.

Gardaí are attempting to trace the movements of the mother and child in the 48 hours prior to the incident and who they may have been in contact with.

Investigators are understood to be trying to get in touch with the girl’s father as there is some confusion as to whether he is in Ireland or Ukraine.

A source said the location of the incident was “highly distressing for first responders”, while another described the incident as “furious”.

No arrests have yet been made in the investigation, which is being led by detectives in Ennis and overseen by a senior Garda.

The girl started school at nearby Clarecastle National School just a few weeks ago.

Investigators are understood to be awaiting a toxicology report on the woman to determine the cause of her collapse.

All of the home’s residents were moved to alternative housing overnight with the help of Clare Civil Defense Tuesday while forensic investigators searched the property.

They all returned yesterday while Gardaí continued to interview housemates.

A woman who answered the door declined to comment.

A local woman called to the house and brought food and flowers.

A neighbor of the property told that Irish Independent He has been “endlessly” worried about the child since the news broke.

“I think about her all the time,” he said. “I don’t think she has any other family in Ireland.

“And the thought of her lying in hospital alone in Dublin really plays into me.”

Locals told that Irish Independent they didn’t know any of the residents, since the house was only occupied in the last few weeks after years of dilapidation.

“I’ve seen a few kids come and go. If she’s the kid I’m thinking of, she’s a pretty little thing,” said a local woman.

“They’re only here maybe three or four weeks.”

Due to the age of the child, special investigators are also involved in the investigation.

No arrests have been made and Gardaí say the investigation is continuing.

Father Tom Ryan, the Clarecastle vicar, said prayers had been said for all those affected.

“The news of this incident came as a great shock to the community in Ennis and Clarecastle, as well as to the Ukrainian community.

“It has created a great sense of sadness in our community because, like everywhere else in Ireland, we have welcomed the Ukrainian families and an incident like this brings with it a sense of sadness.

“We offer our prayers and support to all who have been affected, especially the Ukrainian community and the local community as this has been a great shock. It’s a sad and difficult time, but we’re here to support one another.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/horrified-resident-raised-alarm-after-spotting-stabbed-ukrainian-girl-8-through-window-of-refugee-accommodation-in-clare-42025141.html A horrified local resident raised the alarm after seeing a stabbed Ukrainian girl, 8, through the window of a refugee shelter in Clare

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