Dad's horror screams after baby son stabbed ‘repeatedly’ to death just days before christening and toddler girl injured

A DAD screamed in horror after his baby boy was stabbed to death just days before his christening and a toddler was injured in a knife attack.

The parent was visiting his daughter in the West Midlands when he received a phonecall on Tuesday night informing him of the tragedy.

His family then called police, who discovered eight-week-old Liam O'Keefe dead inside his home in Belfast.

A two-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but is now stable.

Police are quizzing a 29-year-old woman on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Liam's half-sister has now revealed the harrowing moment her dad discovered his baby had been stabbed "repeatedly".


Speaking from her home in Wolverhampton, she told The Sun Online: "On Tuesday, when it happened, my dad was standing in my sister's kitchen. She was in the bath and she heard a scream, which was my dad.

“My sister rang the emergency services in Northern Ireland and they sent a rapid response out.”

The dad, who was working in England at the time, raced to his little girl's bedside where he remains.

His daughter said the toddler "burst out crying" when she saw him in the hospital.

She also told how little Liam was due to be christened soon.

The 22-year-old added: "They were meant to be having the baby’s Christening soon – and now it’s going to be a funeral.

"My dad is in absolute bits.

"My dad was their protector, their provider.

"[The toddler] is the loveliest little girl – she is always so happy when she is with my dad.

"Liam was a beautiful baby – I just can't get my head around it. We are all devastated."


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 were scrambled to the home in the Ardoyne area of the city on Tuesday at around 8pm.

Horrified neighbours reportedly screamed "oh my god" as the victims were carried from the house.

Some locals had helped police before ambulance crews arrived after the bloodbath unfolded.

Floral tributes and teddies have been left outside the front garden, which still has a baby's pram and doll on it.

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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