Friday 2 December 2016

Four children 'discharged from hospital' after suspected strangling in home overnight

* 'The children are dead' - Man's words to grandfather
* Father (35) arrested in connection with incident
* Four children 'made excellent recovery'
* Scene preserved for technical examination

Cathal McMahon

Published 04/06/2016 | 10:44

The scene where four children were found allegedly strangled at a home in Co Wicklow. Picture by Fergal Phillips
The scene where four children were found allegedly strangled at a home in Co Wicklow. Picture by Fergal Phillips

Four children who were assaulted at their home have been discharged from hospital.

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A 35-year-old father was arrested after the children were found strangled at a home in Blainroe, County Wicklow.

Two boys and two girls, aged between three and 11, were discovered at a house in Blainroe shortly after 7.30pm.

Independent.ie has learned that they were found after their father told the children's grandfather they were dead.

However, when emergency services arrived at the scene they discovered that all four were alive.

Two were airlifted and two were taken by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital and where gardaí said they were initially in a "serious condition".

Parish priest Reverend Donal Roche has now confirmed the children have been released from hospital, Press Association report.

Earlier today, a senior source told Independent.ie the four children were making "an excellent recovery".

"The children in this case have all made an excellent recovery," they said.

"Staff at the hospital are hoping to release them this evening.

"Physically they are in a good condition but how this will impact on them psychologically is a matter for another time."

A garda spokesman confirmed that officers have arrested the father of the unnamed children, in his mid-thirties "in connection with an investigation into the serious assault of four children that occurred at Blainroe, County Wicklow yesterday, Friday 3rd June 2016 shortly after 7.30pm."

"Gardaí and Emergency Services attended the scene after the four children were discovered, in a house in a serious condition. All four children were taken to Tallaght Hospital, two were airlifted.

"The man was arrested a short time later and is currently detained at Wicklow Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984."

The scene is preserved for technical examination.

It is understood that their mother was not in the house at the time of the alleged assault.

Gardaí are currently questioning the man.

He is due to appear at a special sitting of Bray District Court this evening at 9pm.

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