Mum charged with murdering daughter, 5, found knifed to death with 12-inch blade

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Police in London have charged a mother with murdering her five-year-old daughter after the child was found knifed to death with a 12-inch blade at the family home.

Sutha Sivanantham, 35, was found alongside "lifeless" Sayagi Sivanantham at a flat in Mitcham in the south of the city in late June this year.

Neighbours rushed over after hearing screaming and reportedly found a "big bread knife" at the scene.

Many spoke of their horror as the pair were flown to hospital following the knife attack on a block on Monarch Parade.

Sayagi was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, while her mother was in a critical condition after undergoing a five-hour operation.

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Tributes and flowers were left on the railings outside the family flat by shocked neighbours and loved ones.

Speaking at the time, Met Police Detective Chief Inspector Justin Howick said: "This is a tragic incident and we are working very hard to fully understand what has happened.

"While I know the effects of this incident will, understandably, shock and sadden the local community, please be reassured that we are not seeking anyone else in connection with Sayagi's death and there is no cause for the community to be fearful or alarmed.

"I would like to hear from anyone who feels they may have information that could assist our investigation."

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