PSNI say they have begun an investigation into the event

A toddler has died and two others, a mother and her baby, have been left with serious injuries following an incident, reportedly a stabbing, at a farmhouse in on Bankhall Road in Magheramorne, Larne, Co Antrim on Monday.

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said in a tweet on Monday morning that emergency services were attending an incident in Larne: 

Police and other emergency services are currently at the scene of an incident in the Larne area.

There are no further details at this stage.

— Police Service NI (@PoliceServiceNI) March 2, 2020

Later, PSNI said in a statement: “Police can confirm that an investigation has commenced into the circumstances surrounding the death of a young child in the Larne area today, Monday 2 March.

“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.”

The incident has shaken the rural community in East Antrim.

Mark Edwards, a reporter for the Belfast Telegraph, shared these pictures from the scene:

At the scene here at Bankhall Road in Larne. Police have closed the road after a serious incident at a farm house on the road. Hearing a family of four lived there @BelTel

— Mark Edwards (@MarkBelTel) March 2, 2020

Another view of the scene here in Larne @BelTel still a heavy police presence

— Mark Edwards (@MarkBelTel) March 2, 2020

The Irish Press Association reports that Rhonda Kernohan, a neighbor to the family, 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.”

Another neighbor said: “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.”

Local Alliance politician Danny Donnelly offered his condolences:

It’s becoming clear that a very serious incident has taken place in Magheramorne. My thoughts are with the families involved. I’m grateful to our emergency services who deal with such distressing cases in a very professional manner.

— Cllr Danny Donnelly (@DannyDonnelly1) March 2, 2020

Similarly, DUP assembly member Gordon Lyons said: "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.

"My thoughts and prayers and the thoughts and prayers of everybody across east Antrim will be with the family."