A seriously injured mother of two ran to a neighbor for help after her husband allegedly attacked her and their daughter with a knife.
Prabhal Sharma, 40, reportedly appeared on Thursday evening armed with a knife at his wife Poonam’s home on Kellaway Crescent in Mill Park, northeast of Melbourne.
The taxi driver allegedly stabbed the 39-year-old dental assistant and his six-year-old daughter Vanessa, while his ten-year-old daughter Angela miraculously managed to escape unharmed.
Emergency services were called to the house at about 7:50pm – after Mrs Sharma ran to a neighbor’s house for help and left a bloody handprint on their front door.
The taxi driver (pictured with his wife and daughters, Vanessa, six, and Angela, 10) allegedly stabbed the 39-year-old dental assistant and his youngest daughter
Vanessa and her big sister Angela are pictured. Their father Prabhal Sharma is said to have appeared in their parental home with a knife
Police believe her husband followed her as she tried to get to safety.
Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said Sharma injured himself when approached by police.
The mother of two died tragically at the scene, while Vanessa was taken to hospital in critical condition.
The little girl passed away Friday morning.
A woman, 39, and her daughter, six, are dead after an alleged stabbing at a Melbourne home (pictured)
In the photo: flowers where a mother and her six-year-old daughter died after an alleged stabbing on Thursday
The man, who police say is the girls’ father, injured himself when police arrived and was taken to hospital in critical condition.
He is under police guard and detectives are waiting to speak to him.
Speaking at a news conference Friday morning, Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said police believe the man was married to the victim.
“It is believed that the 39-year-old victim ran from her house to a neighbor’s house for help, and she was chased by the perpetrator,” he said.
“He’s known to the police.”
Inspector Thomas confirmed that emergency services had been called to the address at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, seven hours before he allegedly stabbed his wife and daughter.
“We believe a person at the address has been assessed at the time and emergency services have been released,” he said.
Flowers and a doll were placed on the spot where a young family died on Thursday (photo)
When asked whether detectives will question the surviving girl, Inspector Thomas said police would approach her cautiously.
“It’s very difficult, she’s going through an absolutely horrible, traumatic incident,” he said.
“She’s been through a terrible incident, so we want to make sure she’s as good as you can be.”
Neighbor Abdul Husseini was in a park when his wife told him about the horrific scene outside their home as the mother of two screamed as she tried to help her youngest daughter.
“They were crying and calling for someone to help – there was no one in the street. The woman came out covered in blood,” he told the Herald Sun.
“My wife is a little scared now that she’s seen everything.”
Police swarmed for evidence Thursday night and Friday morning (pictured)
Pictured: The driveway of a home in Kellaway Crescent on Friday morning where a mother and daughter were reportedly stabbed to death
The incident sparked a major emergency response, including the SES.
A woman who drove past the eerie scene said there was a “man in the road.”
“It didn’t look good,” she added.
Another said: ‘I drove past when the police and ambulance first arrived.’
“Stayed for a while, but it was a very scary scene.”
A woman and a six-year-old girl are dead after a suspected stabbing at Mill Park. A man is in hospital under police guard
Kellaway Crescent was closed off with police vehicles blocking both ends of the street, while a shocked neighbor described the scenes as a “circus.”
“There were quite a few people around and they say they heard gunshots,” another passerby told the Herald Sun.
‘I saw people on an ambulance stretcher’.
Inspector Thomas urged anyone with information to contact police immediately.