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22 January 2018, 08:31 | Updated: 22 January 2018, 10:24
A man has been arrested after an eight-year-old child was stabbed at a house in Brownhills on Saturday night
Police were called to Valley View at around 9.15pm where the young girl was found with serious injuries. She was taken to hospital, but sadly nothing could be done to save her and she died a short time later.
The 54-year-old man, who has been arrested was found with stab wounds to his stomach and said to be fighting for his life in hospital.
Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.
“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them."
Police have released the name of the young girl as Mylee Billingham with tributes left outside the house:
A shocked mother told neighbours her "little girl" had been stabbed as they tried to comfort her after the youngster was allegedly fatally attacked.
Neighbour Graham Greatrex, 74, told how he helped comfort her mother after the schoolgirl was discovered badly wounded.
He said: "I just offered her a warm drink because it was a bitterly cold night. "She was in shock and she couldn't say anything else."
On Sunday the home was being searched by forensics experts in the cordoned off, one-storey dwelling, which is believed to belong to the local authority.
It was one of a row of terraced bungalows in the street.
Mr Greatrex said that a man had lived there for the past six months after the previous occupier, a woman, had died.
He added: "It was a bit of a shock. You can't imagine it happening on our doorstep, especially when it's a little girl."
Our reporter Tom Bushell is at the scene where tributes have been left:
Other neighbours said they were also stunned at news that a child had died.
These people have been giving their reaction to Heart: