A young Ukrainian refugee is said to have suffered up to 70 suspected stab wounds in a frenzied and violent attack in Clare.
The eight-year-old girl was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being stabbed at a apartment building in Clarecastle, on the outskirts of Ennis, yesterday morning.
Her mother also remains seriously ill in hospital after being found unconscious in the premises where they were staying.
The property is used as an emergency shelter for Ukrainian refugees and gardaí were alerted after residents reported disturbance from a room in the facility.
When rescue workers arrived, they found the child with serious injuries, while her unconscious mother was also discovered in the room.
The young girl was taken to Limerick University Hospital and has since been transferred to Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin, where she is in critical but stable condition.
Independent.ie understands she sustained up to 70 suspected stab wounds in the horrific attack, including multiple injuries to her neck.
Her mother, in her 40s, is in critical condition at Limerick University Hospital.
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 to the mother and child.
A source said the location of the incident was “extremely 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.
Locals said yesterday they didn’t know any of the residents as the house was only moved into in recent weeks after years of decay.
Both the woman and daughter are said to be Ukrainian refugees who fled their homeland after the Russian invasion.
It is understood that the girl only started attending a local primary school a few weeks ago.
The girl is fighting for her life in hospital after the incident yesterday morning.
The child’s mother remains in critical condition.
The house was used as an emergency shelter.
It is understood that the mother and daughter are Ukrainian nationals who recently moved into the expanded property, which is home to up to 15 refugees who fled the war-torn country.
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She was discovered with serious injuries, including multiple suspected stab wounds to the neck, and taken to Limerick University Hospital.
Independent.ie understands the child was later taken to a specialist hospital in Dublin with a Garda escort after concerns about weather conditions meant he could not be flown.
Her mother, in her 40s, was found unconscious at the scene and taken to Limerick Hospital.
Investigators are understood to be awaiting a toxicology report on the woman to determine the cause of her collapse.
Locals told Independent.ie they didn’t know any of the residents as the house was only moved into in recent weeks after years of decay.
“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 for maybe three or four weeks.
“But you wouldn’t see them play up front because it’s on the main road.
“But there’s definitely a big group living there, but nobody would know them.
“I don’t know what to say or even think about what I’m hearing. I didn’t realize anything happened until I saw all the guards outside.
“There are a lot of elderly people living on this stretch of road and that’s the last thing you want. It would scare you.
“The poor child. I hope we get good news from her.
Another neighbor said: “I can’t tell you how many people live there but I’ve seen several children and a couple of men come and go.
“I’ve never seen women before.
“Nobody on site would really know anyone who lives there because it’s only recently been occupied again.
“It has been renovated for a long time. I guess there are a few families there because the kitchen is in the front and it’s like a communal kitchen.”
An investigation into the incident is being conducted by Ennis Garda Station detectives, while a senior Garda has been appointed to oversee the investigation.
Due to the age of the child, special investigators are also involved in the investigation.
Gardaí have appointed a liaison officer to support the family and the crime scene remains sealed off to facilitate an investigation by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit.
A source said the location of the incident was “extremely distressing for first responders”.
A Garda spokesman said: “Just before 8am Tuesday 27 September 2022, Gardaí and emergency services attended a scene at a residential building in Clarecastle, Co Clare.
“A girl was discovered with serious injuries and taken to Limerick University Hospital where she is in critical condition.
“An adult woman was also found unconscious at the scene and was taken to Limerick University Hospital, where she is also in critical condition.
“An interim depot has been set up at Ennis Garda railway station and a senior investigating officer has been appointed to oversee the investigation.
“A family liaison officer has been appointed for the family.
“The crime scene currently remains intact and is currently being investigated by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit.
“This is an ongoing and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
“An Garda Síochána is appealing to anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the investigation team at Ennis Garda Station (at) 065 6848100, the Garda Confidential Line (at) 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Inquiries are ongoing.”
Clare civil protection personnel and an interpreter were called in to assist Gardaí at the scene yesterday morning.
The remaining residents of the property have since been moved to an emergency shelter for refugees in Ennis.
Clare Civil Defense has been providing emergency shelters to people displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in recent months.
Gardaí stayed at the scene last night and continued door-to-door investigations in the area to determine if anyone heard or saw anything relevant to their investigation.
Several local officials declined to comment on the incident when contacted.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/ukrainian-girl-8-suffered-up-to-70-stab-wounds-during-clare-attack-42022331.html A Ukrainian girl, 8, suffered up to 70 stab wounds during the Clare attack