Wednesday 26 November 2014

Walking free, woman who stabbed toddler in attack on mum

Sonya McLean and Aoife Nic Ardghail

Published 11/07/2014 | 02:30

Shauna Kinsella, who pleaded guilty to three counts of assaulting a toddler and her parents
Shauna Kinsella, who pleaded guilty to three counts of assaulting a toddler and her parents

A YOUNG woman who accidentally stabbed an 18-month-old girl while she was attacking the child's mother has avoided going to prison.

Shauna Kinsella (20) pleaded guilty to three counts of assaulting the toddler and her parents in their Dublin home on February 2, 2012.

The toddler, who was in her mother's arms during the attack, was later treated for a 2cm cut to her cheek and an injury to her forehead. The child's then 27-year-old mother sustained stab wounds to the abdomen, left chest, left arm and scalp.

And the woman's 39-year-old partner suffered a stab injury to his lower chest wall.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring gave Kinsella a three-year sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, but suspended it fully on condition that she remain supervised by probation and welfare services for 18 months.

She also said Kinsella, of Grace Park Meadows, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, is entitled to credit for time spent in custody between last December and April of this year.

Garda Eddie Clarke told a previous hearing that Kinsella was in the family's home after she had been invited back there through a mutual acquaintance.

The child's parents had earlier spent almost four hours in a nearby pub with the toddler, before Kinsella, together with her sister and two other men, returned to their house to continue drinking.

Later that night the father went to bed and brought the toddler with him.

A row then broke out between the Kinsella sisters and the baby's mother when they claimed that the woman had punched Kinsella's boyfriend while asking for a cigarette.

The two women started to attack the victim while the two men watched on. She tried to defend herself and then called for her partner to come down.

The man came downstairs with the toddler and handed her to her mother, before the stabbing happened.

Gda Clarke said the woman was standing with her daughter in her arms when she felt something hit the top of her head and felt blood running down her face. She was then stabbed to the stomach.

The woman put her child back in her cot and only realised a short time later that the toddler had also been injured. The baby was later treated for a cut to her cheek and a bump to her forehead.

Kinsella was arrested the following day and made a full admission.

She claimed the knife had been brought to the house by one of the other men.

Irish Independent

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