Thursday 18 October 2018

Woman (35) arrested on suspicion of killing girl (3) in 'sickening' act

Police at the scene outside a property in Whitsbury Road, Fordingbridge, after a 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a three-year-old girl. Photo: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire
Police at the scene outside a property in Whitsbury Road, Fordingbridge, after a 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a three-year-old girl. Photo: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire
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A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a three-year-old girl.

Police were called to an address in Whitsbury Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, at 7pm on Thursday.

The child was taken to Salisbury District Hospital and was pronounced dead later that evening.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "We were called to an address in Whitsbury Road, Fordingbridge, following a report of a concern for welfare.

"Officers attended along with colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service.

"A three-year-old girl was taken to Salisbury District Hospital and was pronounced dead later in the evening.

"Police are making inquiries into the circumstances of the girl's death."

The spokesman added: "A 35-year-old woman from Fordingbridge has been arrested as part of our inquiries."

A neighbour, who did not wish to give his name, said the youngster's death was "sickening" news.

He said: "It's a complete tragedy; we do not know what happened, there was absolutely no indication that anything was wrong, we didn't know of any issues.

"It's just thoroughly sad, our sympathies go to the family, it's quite sickening."

A police spokeswoman said the suspect was treated at the scene by paramedics but did not need to go to hospital.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said two ambulances and an air ambulance were scrambled to the house at 6.46pm and the girl was taken to hospital by road.

She said: "We got a call to an address in Fordingbridge. We sent two ambulance crews, an ambulance officer and an air ambulance to the scene, where they assessed and treated two patients.

"The adult patient was assessed and treated at the scene but not taken to hospital.

"The young child was assessed and treated at the scene and taken to Salisbury District Hospital in a life-threatening condition."

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