A mum whose 12-year-old son was stabbed in front of her at on a bouncy castle at a children’s birthday party says she is “relieved” he is still alive.

The schoolboy was rushed to hospital after the attack in Bootle, Merseyside, yesterday afternoon, and has since undergone surgery.

His mum said the boy had been chased down the road and into the garden, where an eight-year-old was celebrating her birthday.

According to the Liverpool Echo, witnesses said the attack was sparked when the boy was wrongly accused of throwing stones.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested.

The boy’s mum, who declined to be named, told the Mail Online she felt “sick to my stomach” when she saw it happen.

A 20-year-old has been arrested in connection with the stabbing
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

She added that two men had attacked him, stating: “One was on top of him kicking and punching him in the face, while the other stabbed him in the leg.”

She branded the attack “horrendous”, and said: “I’m just relieved he is still with me.”

His family said the boy had walked to a nearby shop, just after 2pm yesterday, with a friend and was walking home.

Stones had been thrown between the two of them, or at street lamps, his relative added, as they played together.

Police at the scene of the stabbing, which happened yesterday
Police at the scene of the stabbing, which happened yesterday
(Image: LIVERPOOL ECHO)

The boy’s grandmother told the Liverpool Echo: “It was terrible.

“They came straight in the back garden and went for him, punching and kicking him and then stabbed him three times.

“There was a lot of blood so we just tried to keep pressure on the wound until the ambulance came.

“There was around 14 children in the garden and we got them inside as quick as we could.”

A birthday party was taking place when the attack happened
A birthday party was taking place when the attack happened
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Police have described the attack on a child of such a young age as “despicable” and say the stabbing was targeted.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “Although it is pleasing to have made a quick arrest, our investigation continues and we’re gathering all information to piece together the circumstances.

“If you saw anything or hold any CCTV, dashcam, or other material, get them to us as soon as possible.

“We understand the concern that such an incident has in the community.

“This was not a random attack and we believe that all involved were from the local area.

“Nonetheless, for a young person to be assaulted is despicable, so it’s vitally important that anyone with details to assist comes forward, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers, and we will take action.”

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