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Ukrainian girl, eight, has to fight for her life after being stabbed repeatedly and woman is found unconscious at crime scene in ‘refugee shelter’ in Ireland
- The eight-year-old victim suffered ‘several stab wounds’ yesterday morning
- Her mother was also found unconscious at the crime scene in County Clare, Ireland
- The couple were rushed to hospital and are both in critical condition
- Detectives from Ennis gardai station are now conducting an investigation
A young Ukrainian refugee is fighting for her life after being the target of a violent knife attack in County Clare yesterday morning.
The eight-year-old victim is in critical condition alongside her mother, in her mid-40s, who was also found unconscious in a home in the village of Clarecastle near Ennis in Ireland.
Gardai launched a large-scale investigation to determine the circumstances of the apparent attack, and specialist investigators were called in because of the minor victim’s young age.
The couple stayed at a shelter for refugees who have fled their homeland amid the ongoing war with Russia, according to… Independent.ie.
Other refugees staying in the center were transferred to emergency shelters in central Ennis while Gardai sealed off the crime scene.
The victims were found in the Clarecastle home but were rushed to University Hospital Limerick where they were placed in intensive care.
A forensic garda at the site where a young girl with stab wounds was found yesterday morning in Co Clare
Gardai is pictured in the photo taken off the Clarecastle property yesterday, ahead of a technical investigation of the scene
Emergency services were called to the scene around 8 a.m. yesterday morning and did not find the young girl and her mother.
The couple were immediately taken to hospital in Limerick, but the girl may be taken to Dublin to receive specialist treatment after suffering “several stab wounds” according to sources close to the case, according to the Irish Sun.
A garda spokesperson said: ‘Just before 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2022, gardai and emergency services attended a scene at a residential home in Clarecastle, Co. Clare.
A female child was discovered with serious injuries and was taken to Limerick University Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
A female adult was also found unconscious at the scene and was taken to Limerick University Hospital, where she is also in critical condition.
“An emergency room has been set up at Ennis Garda station and a senior detective has been appointed to oversee the investigation.
‘A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed for the family.
“The scene is currently preserved and the scene is currently under investigation by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit.
“This is a live and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.”
Ennis Garda Station, Co Clare, is pictured
The perpetrator of the crime and the circumstances that led to the horrific attack are unknown.
Gardai is conducting a door-to-door search in the area today to gather more information, and a senior investigation officer from Ennis Garda Station was assigned to the case.
Officers are also trying to find out who else was in the property at the time of the incident.
A Garda spokesperson begged those who were aware of the incident to help the detectives.
“An Garda Síochána is calling on anyone with information about this incident to contact the investigation team at Ennis Garda Station 065 6848100, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station,” the spokesperson said.