Four se­ri­ously in­jured chil­dren taken to hos­pi­tal

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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