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Father of baby boy stabbed to death flies home to be with injured daughter

Flowers and teddy bears left outside the house where two children were stabbed in Brompton Park in Ardoyne, north Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann
Digital Staff and Paul Ainsworth

The father of a baby boy stabbed to death at a house in north Belfast on Tuesday is flying home to be with his two-year-old daughter as she fights for her life in hospital.

He was understood to have been in England but is returning to Belfast to be with his daughter.

It is believed he moved out of the Ardoyne house in recent days.

A 29-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder the two-month-old infant was stabbed to death and the two-year-old child seriously injured.

Local sources said the children's mother had also suffered injuries. The injured child is in intensive care, police said. 

A woman who was in the house in Brompton Park where the stabbings occured last night has been arrested, police confirmed this morning. They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Police provided an update on the murder investigation this evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Millar from the PSNI's Major Investigation Team said: “Our investigation into last night’s tragic events is progressing and I am keen to thank the local community for their ongoing support.

“A post mortem is expected to take place tomorrow (Thursday 29 July).

“The 29-year-old woman remains under arrest at this time.

“While we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this, I would reiterate our ask for anyone with information to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 1787 of 27/07/21.”

Police said officers were called to the house shortly after 8pm "and discovered the injured baby and another injured child in the house". 

"Despite the efforts of the emergency services the baby was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.  The other young child was taken to hospital and remains in intensive care."

“A 29-year-woman who was also in the house has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and remains in custody at this time. Our thoughts are with the baby’s family, who are being supported by Family Liaison Officers."

Fr Gary Donegan, who had served as a priest in north Belfast, posted on Twitter: “Following the tragic death of a child while another remains critical, our prayers are with the good people of Ardoyne tonight.”

Sinn Féin MP John Finucane said: "Police have now confirmed a murder investigation into tonight’s tragic incident in Ardoyne with one person arrested. Our thoughts are with all those involved. I again appeal to everyone to be mindful and not to post or share anything which would add further distress." 

The ambulance service said: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 20:16 on Tuesday 27 July following reports of an incident in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast.

"NIAS despatched a Rapid Response Paramedic and two emergency crews to the scene. Following assessment and initial treatment two patients were taken to hospital in Belfast."

SDLP deputy leader and North Belfast MLA Nichola Mallon said the local community was in shock.

“It is important that the PSNI are given the space and full co-operation to fully investigate this terrible incident,” she said.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said: “This is tragic news. My prayers are with all involved.”

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said: ”I've never met a stronger community than the people of Ardoyne. We're all thinking of you tonight.”

 The scene in Brompton Park, Ardoyne. Picture By Mal McCann.

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