Attackers could have killed child (3)

Molly and Wendy Canning who had their house attacked in Creggan. (2906PG50)
Molly and Wendy Canning who had their house attacked in Creggan. (2906PG50)

A Creggan mother has spoken of the moment her three year-old daughter could have been killed in an attack.

Wendy Canning was house-sitting in her mother’s home at Rathmore Crescent when a hooded man hurled a ceramic tile through the front window. Ms Canning believes the attack, which happened at around 12.20am on Tuesday, was in response to comments made on a BBC Spotlight programme by her mother Josephine Canning in support of vigilante gang Republican Action Against Drugs. She told the ‘Journal’ that her toddler daughter Molly “could have been killed” as the tile smashed through the double-glazed window just inches from the child. “I was closing the blinds and saw a fella with his hood up walking up the steps to the house. No sooner had I closed the blinds and stepped back from the window than he threw a large ceramic tile. It came right trough and broke into two pieces. It shattered glass everywhere,” she said. “Molly was asleep on the sofa, if the thing had of hit her she would have been killed, no doubt about it. If I had have stayed by the window even for a few more seconds I could have been scarred for life.” Ms Canning said her family decided not to report the incident to the PSNI.