Sussex

Worthing family's tribute to 'little princess'

Crystal Hall-Hummel
Image caption Crystal Hall-Hummel's family said she always had a smile for everyone

An 11-month old baby girl, that police believe may have been murdered, has been described as a "little princess" by her family.

Crystal Hall-Hummel, of Christchurch Road, Worthing, West Sussex, died in St Thomas's Hospital, London, on Saturday.

Sussex Police said post-mortem tests had not determined a cause of death.

A 26-year-old man from Worthing, was arrested on suspicion of murder at St Thomas's by Sussex detectives and bailed until 20 June.

'Smile for everybody'

The family issued a statement through Sussex Police, which said: "Crystal was a happy baby and full of energy.

"She always had a smile for everybody. She loved splashing around in the bath, being cheeky, loved attention and cuddles.

"What has happened has shocked all of us and words can't describe how we all feel. Crystal was a massive part of everyone's life.

"Our love for her is indescribable and we miss her so much. She will live in our hearts forever and will always be our little princess looking down on us from Heaven."

Paramedics were called to an address in Nursery Lane, Worthing, on Friday morning and resuscitated the baby girl who had stopped breathing.

She was taken to Worthing Hospital and then transferred to St Thomas's in London, where she died on Saturday.

Det Insp Carwyn Hughes said: "A post-mortem was carried out in London on Monday by a Home Office pathologist and a specialist paediatric pathologist.

"They have given us provisional information with regard to the result, but further extensive tests will need to be carried out to conclude their examination."

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