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Cause of death of Alexa-Marie Quinn 'unknown'

Alexa-Marie Image copyright Family photograph
Image caption Alexa-Marie Quinn died at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage

Detectives investigating the murder of a four-year-old Hertfordshire girl do not yet know how she died.

Alexa-Marie Quinn was taken to the Lister Hospital, Stevenage, after police were told of concerns about her welfare. She later died.

A post-mortem examination has failed to establish the cause of death and police say further tests could take months.

Her father, Carl Wheatley, 30, charged with her murder, will go on trial on 2 September at St Albans Crown Court.

Officers found Alexa-Marie after being called to her home in Queen Bee Court, Hatfield, on Wednesday morning.

In a statement, the family of Alexa-Marie's mother said they were "completely stunned and devastated" by her death.

At St Albans Crown Court, Michael Speak for the prosecution said a pathologists report into the death is not expected to be ready until 26 May and added that it was a "complicated matter".

Judge Andrew Bright QC remanded Mr Wheatley in custody and listed him for a plea and case management hearing on 20 June.

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