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Monday 18 December 2017

Girl (11) stable after firebomb attack on home

AN 11-year-old Dublin girl remains in a stable condition in Crumlin Children's Hospital today after sustaining severe burns when her home was firebombed.

A gang of men threw petrol bombs into the family home of Michaela Maughan, in Longford, before roaring: "You're all going to burn to death."

Michaela's grandmother, Julie Ward, tried to save the 11-year-old by throwing milk over her to douse the flames after the youngster caught fire during Thursday's attack.

Three men in their 20s are being questioned about the attack. One was arrested a short distance from the scene while another was arrested in Longford at noon yesterday.

Thugs wielding slash hooks kicked in the front door of Michaela's grand-aunt Ann Joyce's house, in Pauric Colum Heights, just before midnight on Thursday and hurled firebombs into the kitchen. There were five people inside.





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The four men -- two of whom were masked -- also smashed windows. Michaela sustained burns to her face, chest and hands in the attack. Her mother, Mary-Ann Maughan, was too upset to talk last night but asked for people to "please pray" for her little girl.

Mrs Joyce had pleaded with the assailants not to torch her home moments before the petrol bombs were thrown.

"The front door was broke in on top of us. I roared at them to go away -- after that they threw in a petrol bomb."

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