Man arrested after mother, 44, and daughter, 12, found dead in home with stab wounds

Man arrested after mother, 44, and daughter, 12, found dead in home with stab wounds

A man has been arrested after the bodies of a mother and her daughter were found in a house in Suffolk, police have said.

Officers were called to the scene in the Heath Estate, in the village of Great Waldingfield, just after 9.55am yesterday morning.

When Suffolk Police entered the property, they found a 44-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter dead, the force said in a statement.

Yesterday, police said the two victims had stab wounds.

A 46-year-old man was also found in the house with serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by air ambulance.

He was arrested and remains in hospital where his condition is described as critical but stable.

A post-mortem on Friday found the cause of death of the woman was pressure on the neck.

A post-mortem for the girl is expected to take place next week.

The force said the three individuals were known to each other and described the incident as “contained”, with no wider threat to the community.

Suffolk Police said it had referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because there had been “previous, but not recent” contact between the victim and the force.

Formal identification of the deceased has yet to take place.

A gas leak had been reported at the property, causing neighbouring homes to be evacuated, but the area has since been made safe.

Anyone who has information that could help the investigation has been urged to contact police.

Suffolk Constabulary said in a statement: “A man remains under arrest by police investigating the deaths of two people at a house in Great Waldingfield, which are being treated as murder.

“Officers were called at just after 9.55am yesterday morning, Thursday 8 September, to reports of concerns for safety of individuals at a property in Heath Estate.

“Entry was gained to the address and a 12-year-old girl and 44-year-old woman were found deceased inside who are mother and daughter. A 46-year-old man was located inside the property and detained by officers.

“He had serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by air ambulance for treatment. He remains in hospital under arrest, with his condition currently described as critical but stable.

“Detectives believe that this is a contained incident, with no wider threat to the community, and understand that all three individuals were known to each other.

“A Home Office post-mortem examination has taken place this afternoon in respect of the 44-year-old woman, which concluded her cause of death was pressure on the neck.

“A Home Office post-mortem examination in respect of the 12-year-old girl is expected to take place next week.

“Formal identification procedures in respect of both victims have not yet taken place.

“A gas leak was reported at the property requiring neighbouring properties to be evacuated, but this was made safe yesterday and residents were allowed to return home.

“Due to the fact that there had been previous (but not recent) contact between the victim and Suffolk Constabulary, the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct for their assessment, in line with agreed protocols.

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