Mother murder arrest after girl, four, dies in Moss Side

Garthorne Close
Image caption Police were called to the house the Moss Side area on Thursday

A mother has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her four-year-old daughter in Manchester.

Police found the body of Kaiya Blake after being called to a terraced home on Garthorne Close, Moss Side on Thursday evening.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out later.

Manchester City Council and Manchester Safeguarding Children Board have revealed they had contact with the family prior to the incident.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the force was contacted after the girl's mother, Chantelle Blake, 31, walked into Manchester Royal Infirmary on Thursday evening, concerned about her child.

Officers went to the house in Moss Side, just after 19:15 BST and found the child's body.

Inquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding her death are ongoing.

'Lovely little girl'

Police said they had had previous contact with the family and were conducting a review with other agencies into how the case had been handled.

Ch Supt Stuart Barton said: "Our thoughts are with the girl's family at this extremely difficult time.

"We know there is lots of speculation about the identity of the young girl and the cause of death but I want to stress that as yet, we have not formally identified her and we are doing a lot of work to try and trace all her family members to inform them.

"However, what I can say is that at this time, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and I want to try and reassure our community that there is no reason for them to be unduly alarmed, although clearly they will be upset at this tragedy," he added.

"GMP, along with our partner agencies, is also aware of previous contact between ourselves and other agencies with the girl's family, and we will be conducting a multi-agency review."

Mike Livingstone, Manchester City Council's Director of Children's Services, said it was "very early in the police investigation into this tragedy [but] from the information that has been given to us so far, it would appear we had involvement with the family".

The chair of the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board, Ian Rush, said "a range of agencies were involved with this family and there is every likelihood that a serious case review will be carried out".

Neighbour Pauline Taylor, who lives in Garthorne Close, said: "The little girl used to play out with the crowd round this side.

"She was always on her bike, playing out with the other kids. She was a lovely little girl."

Anyone with information is being urged to call police.

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