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Gardai issue appeal in relation to stabbing death of boy (3) in Dublin

The message outside the apartments this morning
The message outside the apartments this morning

Gardai investigating the death of a young boy in Dublin have appealed for anyone who may have seen anything to speak to them.

The toddler is understood to have been stabbed a number of times, including in the chest, at the Riverside apartments, in Kimmage, Dublin 12.

A woman in her early 40s was also taken to St. James Hospital where her condition is described as serious.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Poddle Park  between 5pm on Sunday 9th July and 7pm on Monday 10th July 2017 to contact them at Crumlin Garda Station on 01 666 6200.

Emergency services were alerted to the scene at around 7pm last night after receiving a number of 999 calls about a woman in a distressed state.

When paramedics arrived, they discovered the three-year-old dead in a room in the apartment.

Emergency services personnel had to break down the door in order to get immediate access to the apartment.

When they entered, they discovered the child dead in the bedroom of the property. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two candles burned quietly at the entrance to the small Riverside apartment complex.

One small teddy bear was positioned beside them, and on the gate someone had left a small cuddly giraffe with the message 'Why???? RIP' pinned to it on a sheet of paper.

A resident of Riverside apartments who did not want to be named said he had met the mother in the apartment complex a few times, and that she told him she was a doctor from Iraq.

He also said the little boy always seemed happy.

"The police and fire brigade were here when I arrived at around seven o'clock, and I was thinking there was a fire," he said.

The man said the woman has been living in Riverside for around two or three years.

"People are shocked. She would leave here in the car and the child was always with her. He was always happy, and talked," he said.

At 11.45am the ambulance from the city morgue arrived and the young boy's body was brought out on a stretcher and under a blanket.

The ambulance was then driven from the scene under garda escort and a post mortem was due to place later today.

Meanwhile, a team from the garda technical bureau carried out a forensic examination at the scene.

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

"We didn't know the child, but it just felt like the right thing to do," said Greg Byrne, who arrived with his friend Reddy Thumma.