Thursday 27 July 2017

Tragic toddler (3) suffered more than 20 stab wounds in frenzied attack

Neighbour Michael Fitzgerald Hayden (8) and his mother Jane place flowers at the entrance to the Riverside Apartments, Kimmage. Photo: Colin Keegan/ Collins
Neighbour Michael Fitzgerald Hayden (8) and his mother Jane place flowers at the entrance to the Riverside Apartments, Kimmage. Photo: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

A little boy who was stabbed to death suffered more than 20 knife wounds in the frenzied attack.

Omar Omran (3) was attacked on Monday afternoon.

A woman was last night still being questioned by investigating gardaí.

She was being detained in Crumlin garda station last night.

Her period of detention was extended last night and officers are believed to be following a definite line of enquiry in the case.

The mother of the boy, Dr Al-Adheem, was treated at St James's Hospital after she was found with stab wounds to her side at 6.30pm on Monday in the property at the Riverside Apartments.

Maha Al-Adheem, mother of stab victim Omar Omran
Maha Al-Adheem, mother of stab victim Omar Omran

The emergency crews who dealt with the aftermath of the killing of the toddler and the injuries to his mother have been praised for the professional manner in which they dealt with the violent scenes which they were confronted with.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service, as well as gardaí and a local doctor, had initially been told in a 999 call from the apartment that a young child had suffered a possible heart attack.

But when they arrived and forced their way into the Riverside apartment on Poddle Park the scene that unfolded left even experienced crew members shaken.

"There were emergency personnel there who have been exposed to all sorts of very difficult situations and environments during their careers, but even they were taken aback and distressed by the scenes in the apartment," said one source. "They were expecting one scenario but were confronted with something totally different.

"It is a credit to them all that they dealt with the situation before them with such professionalism and humanity," said an investigator dealing with the case.

"While the young boy could not be brought back to life, the training and intervention of the crews helped prevent two lives being potentially lost," they added.

It is understood medical crews and gardaí who were the first responders to the emergency have been offered and engaged in counselling in the aftermath of the incident, which is being investigated by Crumlin gardaí.

Young Omar lay dead in his bedroom for more than two hours before his body was discovered by emergency services.

The discovery was made by paramedics at 6.30pm, but gardaí have established that he was attacked at around 4pm that afternoon.

Irish Independent

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