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Corby woman charged over Fishermead fire deaths

Bola Ejifunmilayo and daughter Fiyin
Image caption The bodies of Bola Ejifunmilayo and daughter Fiyin were found the day after the fire

A woman has been charged with killing a mother and three-year-old girl who were found dead in a Milton Keynes flat after a fire.

Bola Ejifunmilayo, 29, and her daughter Fiyin died in the multiple-occupancy house in Fishermead Boulevard on 5 September.

Their bodies were found a day later.

Barbara Zhanje, 48, of Rockingham Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, appeared before Milton Keynes magistrates to face two charges of manslaughter.

She was remanded in custody to appear at Luton Crown Court on Wednesday 29 September.

The family said in a statement Mrs Ejifunmilayo was "affectionate with a joyful spirit" and Fiyin had been looking forward to starting school next week.

"Bola had a pure mind and was a loving mother," the statement said.

"She had many friends within Milton Keynes, especially Fishermead, and was always willing to help others."

Her family described her as a devoted Christian who attended the Redeemed Christian Church of God and was part of its choir.

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