Eight-year-old Ukrainian girl fights for her life after being stabbed at a ‘refugee centre’ in Ireland

An eight-year-old Ukrainian girl is fighting for her life after being stabbed repeatedly and her mother is found unconscious at the scene of “refugee accommodation” in Ireland.

  • Eight-year-old victim suffered ‘multiple stab wounds’ yesterday morning
  • His mother was also found unconscious at the scene in County Clare, Ireland.
  • The couple was rushed to hospital and both remain in critical condition.
  • Detectives at Ennis Gardai Station are now conducting an investigation.

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A young Ukrainian refugee is fighting for her life after she was apparently the subject of a violent knife attack in County Clare yesterday morning.

The eight-year-old victim remains in critical condition alongside her mother, in her 40s, who was also found unresponsive at the scene in a domestic residence in the village of Clarecastle near Ennis in Ireland.

Gardai launched a major investigation to establish the circumstances of the apparent attack, with specialist investigators being deployed due to the young age of the child victim.

The couple were staying at a center for refugees who have fled their homeland amid the ongoing war with Russia, according to Independiente.es.

Other refugees staying at the center were moved to emergency accommodation in the Ennis center while gardai sealed off the crime scene.

The victims were found at the Clarecastle residence but were rushed to Limerick University Hospital where they were placed in intensive care.

A forensic garda at the scene where a young woman was found with stab wounds yesterday morning in Co Clare

A forensic garda at the scene where a young woman was found with stab wounds yesterday morning in Co Clare

Gardai are pictured sealing off the property in Clarecastle yesterday prior to a technical examination of the scene.

Gardai are pictured sealing off the property in Clarecastle yesterday prior to a technical examination of the scene.

Gardai are pictured sealing off the property in Clarecastle yesterday prior to a technical examination of the scene.

Emergency services responded to the scene around 8am yesterday and found the girl and her mother unresponsive.

The couple were rushed to Limerick hospital, but the girl may be flown to Dublin for specialist treatment after suffering what sources close to the case said were “multiple stab wounds”, according to the Irish Sun.

A Garda spokesman said: “Shortly before 8am on Tuesday 27th September 2022, Garda and emergency services attended a scene at a domestic residence in Clarecastle, Co Clare.

One girl was discovered with serious injuries and was taken to Limerick University Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

An adult female was also found unconscious at the scene and was taken to Limerick University Hospital, where she is also in critical condition.

An Incident Room has been established at Ennis Garda Station and a Senior Investigative Officer has been appointed to oversee the investigation.

‘A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed for the family.

“The scene currently remains preserved and the scene is being examined by the Divisional Crime Scene Unit.

“This is a live and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.”

Pictured Ennis Garda Station, Co Clare

Pictured Ennis Garda Station, Co Clare

Pictured Ennis Garda Station, Co Clare

The author of the crime and the circumstances that led to the horrific attack are unknown.

Gardai are conducting door-to-door investigations in the area today to gather more information, and a Senior Investigative Officer from Ennis Garda Station has been assigned to the case.

Officers are also trying to determine who else was on the property at the time of the incident.

A Garda spokesman implored those with knowledge of the incident to help detectives.

“An Garda Síochána is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the investigation team at Ennis Garda station 065 6848100, the confidential Garda line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station,” the spokesman said.

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