Four seriously injured children taken to hospital
FOUR children were rushed to Tallaght Hospital on Friday evening after being seriously injured.
The four, who are aged between three and 11 years of age, were discovered in a house in Blainroe, south of Wicklow town, shortly before 7.30 p.m.
The gardaí and the emergency services were immediately called and they rushed to the scene.
Two of the children were airlifted to Tallaght Hospital while the remaining two were rushed there by ambulance.
All four were released on Saturday evening and are currently being cared for by family members. They are said to be deeply traumatised by the events of the weekend.
A man in his thirties was arrested by gardaí shortly after the children were discovered and he was brought to Wicklow Garda Station where he was questioned.
He was charged at 7.37 p.m. on Saturday evening with four counts of assault causing harm and brought before a special sitting of Wicklow District Court, where he was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court tomorrow (Thursday, June 9).
The man is not being named to protect the identity of the children.
Superintendent Paul Hogan said that a family liaison officer has been appointed to liaise with the children’s family to keep them abreast of any developments in the case and with the ongoing court case. He said that the children will be interviewed by specially trained gardaí at a later stage when some of the trauma has eased.
A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in due course.
A garda at the house in Blainroe.