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Girl four found stabbed to death

A four-year-old girl has been found stabbed to death

Scotland Yard said police found the body of the child at an address in Clapton, east London, on Thursday after reports of a knife incident shortly after 3pm.

A woman, believed to be girl’s mother, was arrested on suspicion of murder. She has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and is in a secure unit.

Paramedics attended but the girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination will take place on Saturday at Poplar mortuary in east London.

The Metropolitan Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Command is leading the murder inquiry.