A little girl has miraculously survived a horror stabbing that left her mother and six-year-old sister dead.
The 39-year-old woman ran to a neighbour’s house for help when a man, 40, allegedly arrived at her home with a knife on Kellaway Crescent in Mill Park, north-east of Melbourne, on Thursday.
Emergency services arrived at 7.50pm, but the mother died on the scene while her daughter, six, was taken to hospital with critical injuries.
She died on Friday morning.
Her ten-year-old sister managed to escape the situation unharmed.
A woman, 39, and her daughter, six, are dead after an alleged stabbing at a home in Melbourne (pictured)
Pictured: Flowers where a mum and her six-year-old daughter died after an alleged stabbing on Thursday
The man, who detectives believe is the girls’ father, self-harmed when police arrived and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
He is under police guard and detectives are waiting to speak with him.
At a press conference on Friday morning, Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said police they believe the man was married to the victim.
‘It is believed the 39-year-old victim ran from her home to the neighbour’s house for help, and she’s been pursued by the offender,’ he said.
‘He is known to police.’
Flowers and a doll were laid at the scene where a young family lost their lives on Thursday (pictured)
When asked whether detectives will question the surviving girl, Inspector Thomas said police would approach her with caution.
‘It’s very difficult, she’s going through an absolutely terrible, traumatic incident,’ he said.
‘She’s been through a terrible terrible incident so we want to make sure she’s as good as you can be.’
Neighbour Abdul Husseini was at a park when his wife told him about the horrific scene outside their home, as the mum-of-two screamed while trying to help her youngest daughter.
‘They were crying and calling for someone to help – there was no one on the street. The woman came out covered in blood,’ he told the Herald Sun.
‘My wife is a bit scared now after seeing everything.’
Police swarmed the scene looking for evidence on Thursday night and Friday morning (pictured)
Pictured: the driveway of a home at Kellaway Crescent on Friday morning where a mother and daughter were allegedly stabbed to death
The incident sparked a large emergency response, including the SES.
One woman who drove past the grisly scene said there was a ‘man lying on the road’.
‘Didn’t look good,’ she added.
Another said: ‘I drove passed as the police and ambulance first got there.’
‘Stopped for a bit but it was a very scary scene.’
A woman and six-year-old girl are dead following a suspected stabbing in Mill Park. A man remains in hospital under police guard
Kellaway Crescent was closed off with police vehicles blocking both ends of the street as one shocked neighbour describing the scenes as a ‘circus.’
‘There was a quite a few people around and they say they heard gunshots,’ another passer-by told the Herald Sun.
‘I saw people on an ambulance stretcher’.
Inspector Thomas urged anyone with information to contact police immediately.