Victoria Police have reported the arrest of a 23-year-old man after a young girl was allegedly stabbed.


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The incident occurred outside a Mitchell Park apartment building on Learmonth Road shortly before 3pm.

The girl has been taken to Ballarat Base Hospital in a critical condition with multiple stab wounds.

The Mitchell Park man is currently in custody and assisting police with their enquiries.

Ballarat Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the incident and urge any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Via Victoria Police News.

UPDATE: Monday 23 November

It has been reported today that the young girl has been updated to a stable condition at the Ballarat Base Hospital.

She is believed to have suffered stab wounds in a number of areas, including her upper body.

It is believed the man who was arrested for the attack lives at the same complex, but is not related to the young girl.

“Police are currently conducting a door knock of the area in the hopes of speaking to witnesses,” Senior Sergeant Robinson said on Sunday.

Apparently it could be some time before the man in custody is interviewed, “because of exceptional circumstances”.

It is believed residents of the low-cost residential facility are believed to include people with disabilities.

Update 7:30pm

Ty Ranger, 23, who suffers with cerebral palsy, has been charged with attempted murder, intentionally causing serious injury, false imprisonment, child stealing and assault.

In a Facebook post on Monday morning, the little girls mother, Samantha Hastings wrote: “Why would anyone hurt my baby girl”.


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  • Poor kid….


  • What a horribly tragic story,


  • Poor little darling x


  • gosh, this is so tragic. makes me sad


  • Her prognosis sounds promising – kudos to the medics.


  • Wonderful to hear she has been updated to stable ..still praying for you little one, continue to fight on poppet. xx


  • Such a sad story! Good to read the little girl is recovering


  • Shocking! It never ceases to amaze me to hear of violence against society’s more helpless members. Stabbing a little girl, oh my god! I’m waiting to hear his pathetic excuse ‘I was high on drugs!’ Doesn’t convince me at all!


  • this is so discusting what next, this world has gone crazy… it is scary to step out side the door

    • yes this is becoming the “norm” unfortunately.

      longing for the good ol’ days…..


  • This is so sad and things like this are happening to often


  • It’s hard to imaging how this can happen – who could and why would this ever happen. So terribly awful. Just horrid whether the perpetrator is known to the family or not.


  • How shocking – can’t imagine anyone hurting a 5 year old – suppose he will get off with a reduced sentence because he was under the influence of ice.


  • Far out so sick of all the violence and negativity in the whole world at the moment!


  • Good Lord what is this world coming too.
    Praying for you little poppet, sending much love and healing wishes.


  • Oh my! Little one! Will he be the father of the girl?


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