A SHOCKING assault took place in the Market Cross shopping centre when a three year old child was the victim of an unprovoked attack.
A mother and her daughter were on the upper deck of the Market Cross shopping centre on Thursday last when a woman in her forties approached the mother and started attacking the pram.
The mother of the injured child spoke to the Kilkennny People on the condition of anonymity. She said that she had been leaving Superquinn in the Market Cross shopping centre when the attacker approached her and attempted to put her leg over the buggy. The mother tried to get away from her attacker heading towards the escalators in the shopping centre. Before she got away the assailant pulled her arm back and made a fist. The woman swung her arm at the buggy and caught the three-year-old child in the pram on the forehead. After punching the child in an unprovoked assault the woman then ran away.
Despite the traumatic ordeal the mother of the injured toddler was full of praise for the staff in the Market Cross and the Gardai.
The staff of Superquinn gave her daughter chocolate, while the Gardai bought her a ball to distract her from the trauma. The security staff in the Market Cross followed the lady who had assaulted the toddler into town, but were not in a position to detain her. “The security in the Market Cross were brilliant and the Gardai couldn’t have been more brilliant with my daughter. They distracted her so much by the end of it I think I was more upset than her,” said the mother of the child.
The mother of the child was in a state of shock after the attack. She said that she was too hysterical to make a statement to the Gardai in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
The three year old child was left with a bruise on her forehead, but her mother is thankful that the damage isn’t any worse. “If she had hit her any lower she could have broken her nose”, she said. The child was unable to sleep after the attack and her mother said that she is now afraid to go into town. “She told me that she didn’t want to go into town again, for a three year old to say something like that ...” she said.