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1. Five-year old girl fighting for life after stabbing.
A five-year-old girl is in a critical condition after being stabbed multiple times in Ballarat.
Police said the girl was stabbed outside an apartment building in Mitchell Park just before 3:00pm yesterday afternoon.
Police have arrested a 23-year-old Mitchell Park man, who is in custody.
The apartments are a low-cost residential facility on the site of a former Gold Sovereign Motor Inn.
The little girl was taken from the Learmonth Road complex in a critical condition to the Ballarat Base Hospital.
Ballarat Police Senior Sergeant Neil Robinson said the man and the girl were not related.
“There’s no know relation between the victim and the person we’re talking to,” he said.
He said the girl was stabbed with a “sharp-bladed instrument”.
Police say the interview with the man could take some time ‘because of exceptional circumstances’.
A neighbor told The Age she knew of the little girl “I felt sick and shaken,” she said.
“If it’s the girl I think, I’ve seen her and her mum ride past our house and back again.
“It doesn’t make you feel very safe.”
Her husband said many residents in the area “hadn’t wanted Centacare to open the apartments.”
“It was meant to be for short-term, low income people, but i don’t think that’s who’s in there,” he said.
Police urge any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.