Belfast Telegraph

Police to quiz doctor mum of boy (3) stabbed to death in Dublin flat

By Robin Schiller and Ken Foy

Police in the Republic are waiting to question an Iraqi doctor in connection with the fatal stabbing of her three-year-old son.

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, the Garda believes.

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

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

His mother Maha Al-Adheem, who is in her 40s, was last night continuing to be treated at St James' Hospital after suffering stab wounds to the side of her torso.

Detectives are anxious to interview Ms Al-Adheem to establish what occurred at their home on Monday afternoon.

The alarm was raised by the toddler's mother after she told emergency service personnel that young Omar had gone into cardiac arrest.

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 child for around 40 minutes, but despite their best efforts he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Maha Al-Adheem was found lying on the floor of the adjacent living room with what have been described as "superficial wounds".

She was immediately transferred to St James' Hospital, where she was last night continuing to be treated.

The Garda suspects that young Omar lay dead in the Dublin flat for approximately two hours.

"Gardai at the moment believe that the young victim was attacked at around 4pm on Monday afternoon," a source said last night.

"The investigation aspect has proved difficult because the mother and son did not have immediate family in the country." A kitchen knife, which investigating officers believe was used in the attack, has been recovered and is being examined by forensic officers. A post-mortem was carried out on the boy yesterday.

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

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