A 33-YEAR-OLD woman is due to appear in court after being arrested and charged in connection with the death of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.
Police did not name the woman, although it has been widely reported that Rosdeep Kular, the mother of the missing Edinburgh boy, was being questioned by officers after a child's body was discovered in Fife, miles from his home.
The development was announced by Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, who said on Saturday night: "During the course of today, the investigation into the disappearance of Mikaeel Kular has continued at pace.
"Following formal identification, I can now confirm that a 33-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in connection with Mikaeel's death.
"The woman is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday."
A major police investigation was launched to trace Mikaeel after he was reported missing from his home in Edinburgh's Ferry Gait Crescent on Thursday.
More than 200 members of the public joined police and other agencies in their searches for the youngster in the Drylaw area of the capital on Friday.
Officers searching for the three-year-old found remains, now identified as those of Mikaeel, in Kirkcaldy, Fife, shortly before midnight that day.
Mr Graham expressed his thanks to all those who aided police in recent days.
More than 500 calls were made by the public to a dedicated phone line set up in the wake of Mikaeel's disappearance, he revealed.
Mikaeel's disappearance sparked a major hunt involving hundreds of police officers and local volunteers.
His body was later removed from a wooded area behind a property in Dunvegan Avenue, Kirkcaldy.
Pandeep Kular, 37, Mikaeel's aunt, said: "We're devastated. I'm with the kids."
She said she had not spoken with her sister.
Dr Bangarpet Krishnaswamy, who is married to Mikaeel's grandmother, gave an emotional tribute to those who helped search for the little boy.
He said: "I would like to thank all the public and the police for the search, which sadly turned out to be a futile."
Communities in north Edinburgh and Fife have gathered to support each other and show how they had been touched by the recent events.
Floral tributes, soft toys and candles have been placed at a small park in the Drylaw area, which is around the corner from the flat where Mikaeel had lived on Ferry Gait Crescent.
Residents of Dunvegan Avenue, around 25 miles away, spoke of their shock at seeing police activity on their street.
Michael Woods, 53, who lives nearby at Floors Place, said he had been following the developing police investigation but was surprised to find officers at the end of his street.
"First it was in Edinburgh, then they said Fife, then Kirkcaldy and now it's here almost on my doorstep. It's unsettling," he said.
"When I heard it was here I just about jumped off my chair."
In Edinburgh, around 500 people turned out for a memorial service at Muirhouse St Andrew's Church, less than a mile from the home Mikaeel shared with his mother, twin sister and three other siblings.
There was a large queue to get into the church well in advance of the service. The crowds ultimately filled the 300-capacity building and an extra overflow room.
Men, women and children of all ages attended the memorial gathering. Some young children clutched soft toys while a handful of people held lanterns.
Some people hugged each other and a Chinese lantern floated in the sky above the chapel.
Attending the service was Akeel Umar. He said: "I think everyone in the community is very sad.
"Today is an opportunity for everyone to come together on an issue that touches everyone."
Nasim Azad added: "We are a community, we care. The fact that we're here today is because we care. It's as simple as that."