Ukrainian girl, 8, fighting for life after being stabbed 75 times in neck and body


A young Ukrainian refugee is fighting for her life after being stabbed in the neck and body 75 times. The eight-year-old girl, who was staying in a house near Clarecastle, Co Clare, after arriving in Ireland from her war-torn homeland, was found with serious injuries on Tuesday morning. Her mum, 46, was also found unconscious at the scene as paramedics rushed the pair to hospital.

Medics revealed the girl had suffered 75 stab wounds and although her major organs were somehow missed.

A source told the Irish Mirror: “It’s very much wait and see at this stage and in the doctor’s hands but the fact her major organs weren’t hit has given her a fighting chance.”

The child’s mother remains at Limerick Universiy Hospital and is also in a critical condition.

It is understood doctors are awaiting the results of a toxicology report in the hope of discovering the cause of her collapse.

Gardai are not believed to be looking for anyone else in relation to the case.

The pair were staying at a property, understood to be a former B&B, which is being used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees who have fled their home country due to the war.

Gardai and emergency services were alerted by other residents in the house after they heard screaming.

Some attempted to gain access to the room but were unable and then raised the alarm.

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The child had only begun in a new primary school in recent weeks when the new academic year commenced following the summer break.

A Family Liaison Officer has also been appointed to the relatives of the pair.

A Garda spokesman said: “This is a live and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.

“An Garda Síochána are appealing for anyone with any information on this incident to contact the investigation team at Ennis Garda Station on 065 6848100, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”



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