Mother of girl stabbed in Guildford released by police

Scene of stabbing
Image caption Police found the girl at the house on the Bellfields estate

The mother of a six-year-old girl who was stabbed in the chest at a property in Surrey has been released by police without charge.

Police were called to a house in Rowan Close on Guildford's Bellfields estate just before midnight on Wednesday.

The girl is in a "comfortable" condition in hospital. The mother, 44, received stab wounds to her hand.

The woman's partner, a 28-year-old man, is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of attempted murder.

The woman was originally arrested, also on suspicion of attempted murder, but was released on Thursday evening.

'Little angel'

Her partner remains in police custody.

The girl was taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital with what were first described as serious injuries, although her condition was later described as "comfortable" by police.

Officers were at the two-storey terraced house on the estate, which is in the north of the town, during the day.

Neighbours have described the injured girl as a "little angel" who would often be seen playing outside on the grass.

Adam Howlett, 35, who lives six doors away, said she was "a little princess" and "a happy girl".

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