Ukrainian girl, 8, stabbed 70 times at Clare  accommodation 'is out of danger'

Ukrainian girl, 8, stabbed 70 times at Clare  accommodation 'is out of danger'

The scene in Clarecastle near Ennis where an eight-year-old girl was stabbed last week. Photograph: Press 22

The eight-year-old Ukrainian girl who was stabbed in refugee accommodation in Co Clare last week “is out of danger” from the injuries she sustained in the assault.

Last week, the child’s condition was initially described as "critical" after she was stabbed over 70 times at her accommodation, which houses Ukrainian refugees in Clarecastle near Ennis at about 8am last Tuesday, September 29.

The child underwent emergency surgery last week at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin and a Garda spokesman at Ennis Garda Station said on Thursday: “The child is out of danger. Her condition is improving. She is still in Crumlin and will be for the foreseeable future.” 

The Garda spokesman said the investigation into the assault “will be long and protracted, especially as it involves a juvenile”.

He said: “It is a big — and very sensitive — investigation and we still have an incident room here. We are still heavily involved in it getting all the witness statements and CCTV evidence. We have a number of lines of inquiry to exhaust yet.” 

The spokesman repeated the call for witnesses to come forward, saying “so far there has been a good response from the public”.

The girl’s mother was found unconscious at the scene and she was brought to University Hospital Limerick.

The Garda spokesman said the condition of the mother “is improving slowly. It is a slow process but she remains in hospital”.

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