GARDAÍ ARE appealing for witnesses after a child was viciously assaulted in Limerick.
It is understood that the child, a 13-year-old boy, was cycling on a quiet country road near his home in Galbally, County Limerick, on the evening of 22 June when the assault occurred.
According to The Irish Times, the boy was cycling when a car, filled with several males, pulled up beside him.
One male got out of the car and struck the boy hard in the face, causing him to fall off his bike and sustain what Gardaí are describing as "serious head injuries".
The child was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, before later being transferred to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin for treatment.
The assault occurred at approximately 8.30pm in broad daylight, and Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Sgt Ber Leetch, of Limerick's Henry Street Garda Station, told The Irish Times:
"A small white car stopped, a male youth got out and struck the boy in the face, knocking him off his bike.
“This happened at 8.30 in the evening, so it was still bright. The young boy sustained a serious head injury.
“The investigation is at an advanced stage and Gardaí in Bruff are looking for any witnesses to this serious assault to please contact them on 061-382940 or at any Garda station.”