Wednesday 17 January 2018

Detectives investigating fatal stabbing of toddler (3) arrest woman

Gardai at the scene in Kimmage. Photo: Collins
Gardai at the scene in Kimmage. Photo: Collins
A woman places flowers at the Riverside apartment complex in Kimmage. Photo: Doug O'Connor
A message on flowers at the Riverside apartment complex, Kimmage where Omar's body was discovered. Photo: Collins
Gardai preserves the scene at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death. Pic Steve Humphreys
A cuddly teddy bear and candles left at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death. Pic Steve Humphreys
A garda preserves the scene at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death. Pic Steve Humphreys
A garda preserves the scene at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death. Pic Steve Humphreys
Members of the Garda Technical Bureau at the scene at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death. Pic Steve Humphreys
Members of the Garda Technical Bureau at the scene at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death. Pic Steve Humphreys
Members of the Garda Technical Bureau at the scene at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death. Pic Steve Humphreys

Robin Schiller

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a three-year-old toddler have arrested a woman in her forties.

She has been brought to Crumlin Garda Station where shes is is being questioned in relation to the murder investigation.

Toddler Omar Omran, who was discovered with several knife wounds to his body and legs, lay dead at a south Dublin apartment for more than two hours, gardaí believe.

He was discovered shortly after 6.30pm on Monday after emergency services broke down the door of the home in the Riverside complex, Poddle Park, Kimmage.

A woman places flowers at the Riverside apartment complex in Kimmage. Photo: Doug O'Connor
A woman places flowers at the Riverside apartment complex in Kimmage. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Detectives have established that the young child was killed about 4pm that afternoon in what has been described as a frenzied attack.

His mother, Maha Al-Adheem, was brought to St James's Hospital after suffering stab wounds to the side of her torso.

A garda preserves the scene at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death.
Pic Steve Humphreys
A garda preserves the scene at the Riverside apartment at Poddle Park in Kimmage where the young child was stabbed to death. Pic Steve Humphreys

When members of Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) arrived at the property, they were forced to break down the door to gain entry.

Paramedics entered the apartment and discovered the toddler lying on his bed with several stab wounds to his body and legs.

DFB members attempted to resuscitate the young child for around 40 minutes but despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Senior sources last night said the wounds on the three-year-old indicated that he was subjected to a "frenzied attack".

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Omar yesterday while a technical examination has been carried out at the scene.

It is understood that Ms Al-Adheem's estranged husband, Khalid Omran, was notified of the tragedy yesterday.

Gardaí never had any previous interaction with the woman.

The child's death is being treated as a murder investigation.

The mother and son had been living at the apartment complex for the last three years.

Ms Al-Adheem is understood to be a qualified doctor in her native Iraq, but had not yet taken exams to attain her medical licence in Ireland.

The little boy's body remained at the scene in Kimmage on Monday night.

At 11.45am yesterday, an ambulance from the city morgue arrived and removed the body from the scene.

Meanwhile, a team from the Garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination of the apartment.

Local people shocked by the tragedy brought flowers to the scene, pausing briefly to pay their respects.

Gardaí have renewed their appeal for anyone with information to contact investigating detectives at Crumlin garda station.

They wish to speak to anyone who was in the area of Poddle Park between 5pm on Sunday, July 9, and 7pm on Monday, July 10.

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