Monday 19 February 2018

Woman arrested over death of 20-month old baby Sarah

Sarah Dahane Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire
Sarah Dahane Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Margaret Davis

A woman has been arrested in Uganda on suspicion of the murder of a toddler.

The 43-year-old was held on Wednesday over the death of 20-month-old Sarah Dahane, who died in Bicester, Oxfordshire, in May 2013.

Thames Valley Police said the suspect was arrested in a joint operation with the Ugandan authorities.

The girl's mother, Angela Whitworth, was named as a murder suspect by Thames Valley Police and the force appealed for help to trace her two weeks ago.

Whitworth flew to Nairobi in Kenya the day before Sarah's body was found, and a £10,000 reward for information leading to her arrest and conviction is on offer. Sarah was found dead with "no obvious signs of trauma".

There was an ongoing custody battle between Whitworth and Sarah's father, Nabil Dahane.

As part of the recent appeal, Mr Dahane said: "My one and only daughter Sarah was so beautiful, lovely and lively. She loved everyone and everyone just loved her back.

"Our time together was really happy and precious. She meant the world to me, still does and will always do regardless.

"Sarah's tragic loss has had a profound impact on my life and I am still struggling to come to terms with it all. It may never go away but to see justice being done for my daughter may ease my pain."

Press Association

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