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Hatfield man Carl Wheatley charged with daughter murder

Image caption Alexa-Marie died at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage

The father of a four-year-old girl has been charged with her murder.

Carl Wheatley, 30, was arrested after officers visited his house in Queen Bee Court in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on Wednesday morning over concerns for the welfare of a child.

His daughter Alexa-Marie was taken to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage where she died.

Mr Wheatley will appear at Hatfield Remand Court on Friday morning, police said.

A spokesman said a post-mortem examination would take place on Monday.

In a statement, the family of Alexa-Marie's mother said: "We are completely stunned and devastated that our beautiful little girl has been taken from us so suddenly.

"She was truly the most gentle, loving, happy and amazing little soul we had the pleasure of knowing.

"We would be asked to be left alone to grieve at this traumatic time."

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