A young girl is fighting for life in hospital after being stabbed multiple times in Ballarat.
Paramedics were called to Mitchell Park just before 3pm where the girl, believed to be aged five, was discovered with serious injuries to her upper body.
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Police said the girl was allegedly stabbed outside an apartment building.
The girl was taken to the Ballarat Base Hospital in a critical condition.
A 23-year-old man is in police custody.