News from Mill Park: The heartbreaking moments before the alleged murder-suicide attempt in Melbourne

Neighbors have described the heartbreaking moments a father allegedly stabbed his wife and six-year-old daughter to death in Melbourne.

Emergency services were called to Kellaway Crescent in Mill Park around 7.50pm on Thursday after neighbors reported hearing screams coming from the Sharma family home.

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Upon arrival, they found a 39-year-old woman, a 40-year-old man and a six-year-old girl, all seriously injured.

Police allege Prabhal Sharma’s stabbing was self-inflicted after he stabbed his wife and daughter to death.

The 40-year-old allegedly stabbed his wife Poonam and daughter Vanessa inside the house.

Police allege Prabhal Sharma’s stabbing was self-inflicted after he stabbed his wife, Poonam, and daughter to death. Credit: 7NEWS

Poonam managed to run to her neighbour’s house, before Mr. Sharma caught up with her and she died at her neighbour’s doorstep.

Young Vanessa was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but could not be saved.

The couple’s eldest daughter, Angela, survived the alleged attack.

Young Vanessa (right), pictured with her sister Angela, was taken to hospital with serious injuries but could not be saved
Young Vanessa (right), pictured with her sister Angela, was taken to hospital with serious injuries but could not be saved Credit: 7NEWS

Detective Inspector Dean Thomas of the Homicide Squad said the girl had experienced a “terrible and traumatic incident”.

“It’s very difficult for her,” he said.

“She’s had an absolutely terrible and traumatic incident…we want to make sure she’s as good as possible.

“It’s really important that she gets the care and support she needs to get through this.”

“Bloody”

Neighbors were haunted by the alleged horror attack.

A local told 7NEWS it sounded like “a man who kept screaming”.

“He told anyone he loved the person, like I love you, and then he just screamed in frustration,” she said.

Poonam died on her neighbor's doorstep after the horror attack.
Poonam died on her neighbor’s doorstep after the horror attack. Credit: 7NEWS

Neighbor Ali Hussaini told 7NEWS all his mother could hear was a man screaming for help until paramedics arrived.

“She was bleeding from the neck because she was holding him and my mum at first thought maybe she was wearing a red dress or something but when she saw her holding his hand she realized that it was blood and all his feet were full of blood,” he said.

Mr. Sharma was Friday night in critical condition in hospital, too ill to speak with homicide detectives.

Police said it was too early to state the motive for the alleged attack at this stage.

They will interview the man in the coming days after he is cleared by medical staff.

Police say Prabhal Sharma's stab wounds were self-inflicted after he stabbed his wife and daughter to death.
Police say Prabhal Sharma’s stab wounds were self-inflicted after he stabbed his wife and daughter to death. Credit: 7NEWS

The family told 7NEWS that Mr Sharma had struggled with mental health issues before the tragedy.

Emergency services were called to the scene just hours before the stabbing, assessing one person inside. It is understood that the person was cleared.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

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