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Tragic toddler knifed more than 20 times as police continue to quiz mother over stabbing

By Ken Foy

A little boy who gardai suspect was stabbed to death by his mother suffered more than 20 knife wounds in the frenzied attack.

The mother of Omar Omran (3) was last night still being questioned by investigating gardai.

Dr Maha Al-Adheem (43) was arrested in St James' Hospital at around 10am yesterday and detained in Crumlin Garda Station last night.

Gardai believe the arrested doctor was in the Kimmage apartment when her son Omar was attacked on Monday afternoon.

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

Dr Al-Adheem had been treated at St James' Hospital after she was found with stab wounds to her side at 6.30pm on Monday in the property at the Riverside Apartments.

A garda was positioned in the hospital while Dr Al-Adheem was receiving treatment, and yesterday morning she was deemed fit to be formally interviewed by detectives.

The trained doctor is suspected of inflicting stab wounds upon herself, which were treated by paramedics.

It is understood the Iraqi national did not need an interpreter while being questioned by specialist detectives.

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 in the apartment.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service, as well as gardai 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 one investigator dealing with the case.

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