Nurse being treated for injuries after toddler is stabbed

Horrified husband ‘called 999’ after his nurse wife ‘stabbed her toddler to death and seriously injured their baby’ at rural farmhouse in Northern Ireland – as she is treated for ‘self-inflicted’ injuries

  • Woman has been named locally as Fiona McGowan who is thought to be a nurse  
  • Police said a woman in her 30s and a baby are currently receiving treatment  
  • Officers surrounded the property at 10am on Monday and are investigating 

A horrified husband called 999 after his wife reportedly stabbed her three-year-old toddler to death and seriously injured their baby at a farmhouse in Northern Ireland.  

The mother, identified as a nurse in her thirties, is being treated at a hospital in Belfast for ‘self-inflicted injuries’ after she reportedly ‘stabbed her toddler to death and left her baby fighting for its life’. 

The woman has been named locally as Fiona McGowan and it is understood that she is the mother of the two children who were injured during an incident at a farmhouse on Monday. 

Police in Larne have said they are not looking for anyone else but have launched an investigation following the incident.  

Ms McGowan is believed to work in the area as a nurse and locals said that she lived at the farmhouse with two children, one aged one-and-a-half and another ‘not much older’.

Officers were called to the farmhouse (picture above) on Monday morning. A woman and a baby are currently receiving treatment in hospital

Forensic officers at the scene of a major incident at a farmhouse in Bankhall Road, Larne on Monday

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Police can confirm that an investigation has commenced into the circumstances surrounding the death of a young child in the Larne area [on Monday]. 

‘A woman in her 30s and a baby are currently receiving hospital treatment for injuries. 

‘The investigation is at an early stage and police are currently not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.’  

Ms McGowan’s husband is thought to have called 999 after the incident, Belfast Live reported. 

It has now been reported locally that Ms McGowan and a one-year-old baby are at Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast.

Police are believed to have discovered a three-year-old who had been stabbed to death.

Resident in the area said that Ms McGowan lived at the property as part of the ‘family of four’. 

Emergency services arrived in the rural area at around 10am yesterday.  Locals said a family have been renting the farmhouse for a year or so.  

A neighbour said the children are ‘beautiful and very young’.

‘I’ve spoken to the man once, but they generally keep themselves to themselves,’ she added.

Another woman who said she knows the family who live at the property at the end of a country lane overlooking Larne Lough, said the mother of the family is a nurse. 

Police in Larne have said they are not looking for anyone else but have launched an investigation following the incident in the hamlet of Magheramorne

She described the news as ‘shocking’. ‘You just wouldn’t believe it,’ she told the Belfast Telegraph. 

Police and forensics officers were at the scene yesterday. Neighbour Rhonda Kernohan said: ‘I heard the sirens and the helicopter, the air ambulance, came and it landed up at the back of the farm.

‘We thought it was a farm accident but when we looked out there was a lot of shouting and a lot of police, a lot of ambulances about.’

She added: ‘This is a quiet, rural, peaceful area.’

Another neighbour said the woman who lived at the house was a ‘youngish girl’.

Police have released few details, but today confirmed that a woman in her 30s and a baby were receiving treatment 

Police set up a checkpoint to the entrance to a property in Bankhall Road, Larne on Monday 

They added: ‘It was very sad. We are feeling absolutely awful, so sad it is terrible. The shock of it, when it happens nearly on your doorstep.’

Another resident told the Belfast Telegraph that emergency services arrived in the rural area at around 10am on Monday and that those from the area are ‘taken aback’ by the size of the emergency services operation. 

Neighbours were alerted to the scene upon hearing an Air Ambulance and PSNI helicopter.  

Reacting to the news, Alliance Party MLA for East Antrim Stewart Dickson called the situation ‘profoundly sad’ and added that his ‘thoughts are with all concerned and the close knit community as they come to terms with the trauma.’ 

One neighbour said they hadn’t been aware there were children in the property.

DUP assembly member Gordon Lyons added that the incident had ‘clearly been something horrific’ and added: ‘It is absolutely awful when you hear of anybody suffering in this kind of way but when young children are involved it is particularly horrific.’ 

Sources have said a young child has died and another child and a woman have sustained serious injuries

Neighbours were alerted to the scene upon hearing an Air Ambulance and PSNI helicopter

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