Police release updated statement regarding Brownhills fatality

Mylee Billingham. Image from West Midlands Police.

Here’s an updated statement from West Midlands Police regarding the death in Brownhills last night (Saturday, 20th January 2018) – I know the press and social media are circling around this story, but in this small corner of the internet, let’s please remember the family, those people whom we may know, who are suffering an unimaginable loss.

I repeat my request for folk to show respect for the lost, and those bereaved in comments online.

My sympathies and condolences to the bereaved, this is an awful, awful thing.

West Midlands Police said:

A girl who died yesterday (20 January) after being found with knife wounds at a house in Brownhills has been named by police.

Eight-year-old Mylee Billingham was taken to hospital with stab injuries but unfortunately nothing could be done to save her life, and she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

A post mortem examination is scheduled to take place tomorrow (22 January) to establish the precise cause of death.

A 54-year-old man found with stab injuries at the property on Valley View, was arrested in connection with the incident. He was taken to hospital for treatment and is currently in a critical condition.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough from the homicide unit is leading the investigation. He said: “This is an absolutely tragic set of circumstances and my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.

“We are still at the early stages of understanding exactly what happened and why – but I can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation.”

Anyone with information which may help should call 101. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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