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Baby stabbed to death with girl fighting for life as cries of ‘Oh My God’ heard

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A baby boy stabbed to death on Tuesday has been pictured for the first time.

Liam O'Keefe was just eight weeks old when killed in a sickening attack which also left a two-year-old girl in a critical condition.

Police in Belfast, Northern Ireland have arrested a 29-year-old woman on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in relation to the horror scene inside a Brompton Park family home.

The suspect was also treated in hospital but since being released has faced questions from officers in custody, police said on Thursday.

Fortunately, the surviving toddler's condition has been updated as stable after initial fears.

According to The Sun, the father of Liam and his sister was working in Liverpool when the attack took place.

After hearing the news he rushed back to his daughter's bedside in hospital.

Tributes to the children have been paid by "heartbroken" relatives.

His family have now spoken of their heartbreak as they paid tribute to little Liam.

One relative said: "Let’s light Facebook up for our beautiful angel who lost his life and for our beautiful cousin who is fighting for her life in ICU."

She went on to urge people not to speculate on what happened to let “our whole family circle grieve.”

Another loved one said: "The family is all heartbroken."

Police and paramedics were called to the home in the Ardoyne area of Belfast at about 8pm on Tuesday.

The Sun reports that neighbours did what they could to assist police until ambulance crews arrived.

Onlookers could not control their shock as the emergency services carried the young victims out of the house.

A cry of "oh my god" was reportedly heard on the street.

Photos of the terraced house show teddies lined up beside each other leaning against the front gate, with tributes attached and flowers on either side.

Officers confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killing.

Detective Chief Inspector Millar from PSNI said: "A 29-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder has now been released from hospital and transferred to police custody for questioning.

"The other young child injured during this incident remains in hospital where her condition is described as stable."

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference number 1787 of 27/07/21.

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