Belfast baby attack horror leaves child dead and another fighting for life

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A young child has died and another is said to be fighting for life after suffering "serious stab wounds".

Emergency services were called to the scene in Brompton Park in Ardoyne, Northern Ireland, at 8.16pm on Tuesday night, after the incident involving a baby and a toddler BelfastLive reports.

In a statement, Police Service Northern Ireland wrote: "Police have commenced a murder investigation following the death of child in the Brompton Park area of north Belfast this evening (Tuesday, July 27) and made one arrest in relation to this.

"The investigation is at an early stage and further information will be provided in due course."

Local councillor Fiona Ferguson said: “Devastating news from Ardoyne. All my thoughts are with the family involved and the community who are in a state of shock.

"Few situations are as difficult as this and local support is paramount. Would appeal for people to refrain from public speculation in respect for all involved.”

Councillor Paul McCusker said the district has been left stunned by the incident.

He said: “Terribly sad news tonight in Ardoyne.

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“Police are continuing their investigations of what happened in Brompton Park.

“We now need to give them time to do this without speculating and think about those involved and the wider family. Lots of shock from residents, some assisting police before the ambulance service arrived.

“Thanks to those who helped tonight.”

An ambulance service spokesman said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 8.16pm 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.”

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