Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tributes to baby Florence Liberty Mae (two weeks) as her father is charged with murder

Pat Hurst

Published 31/07/2015 | 17:05

Undated family handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Florence Liberty Mae, a two-week-old baby girl allegedly murdered by her father. Family photo/GMP/PA Wire
Undated family handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Florence Liberty Mae, a two-week-old baby girl allegedly murdered by her father. Family photo/GMP/PA Wire

A two-week-old baby girl allegedly murdered by her father has been named.

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Matthew Higham, 23, has appeared in court accused of the murder of Florence Liberty Mae, understood to be his daughter, who died from multiple injuries.

Today her mother and family released a tribute to the child.

In a statement they said: "Florence Liberty Mae was my much-loved daughter and was adored equally by her big sister Amelia, her Ninny and all her family.

Undated family handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Florence Liberty Mae, a two-week-old baby girl allegedly murdered by her father. Family photo/GMP/PA Wire
Undated family handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Florence Liberty Mae, a two-week-old baby girl allegedly murdered by her father. Family photo/GMP/PA Wire

"We barely had time to know you, or see you grow and you will be dearly missed.

"The short time we spent with you was precious and you will always be in our hearts, beautiful girl.

"Sleep tight our precious angel."

Police were first called by the ambulance service to a house in Stockport, Greater Manchester, at 8.15pm on Wednesday following reports a baby had stopped breathing.

The girl was taken from the address in Shaw Road South, Shaw Heath, to Stepping Hill Hospital but later died.

A Home Office post-mortem examination revealed the baby died from multiple injuries.

Higham, of Shaw Road South, Stockport was arrested by police and charged with murder.

He appeared at Stockport Magistrates' Court today and was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Monday.

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